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    Version 2 is now available and under development in the master branch, read a story about v2: Why I refactor tesseract.js v2?
    Check the support/1.x branch for version 1

    Tesseract.js is a javascript library that gets words in almost any language out of images. (Demo)

    Image Recognition

    fancy demo gif

    Video Real-time Recognition

    Tesseract.js Video

    Tesseract.js wraps an emscripten port of the Tesseract OCR Engine. It works in the browser using webpack or plain script tags with a CDN and on the server with Node.js. After you install it, using it is as simple as:

    import Tesseract from 'tesseract.js';
      { logger: m => console.log(m) }
    ).then(({ data: { text } }) => {

    Or more imperative

    import { createWorker } from 'tesseract.js';
    const worker = createWorker({
      logger: m => console.log(m)
    (async () => {
      await worker.load();
      await worker.loadLanguage('eng');
      await worker.initialize('eng');
      const { data: { text } } = await worker.recognize('');
      await worker.terminate();

    Check out the docs for a full explanation of the API.

    Major changes in v2

    • Upgrade to tesseract v4.1.1 (using emscripten 1.39.10 upstream)
    • Support multiple languages at the same time, eg: eng+chi_tra for English and Traditional Chinese
    • Supported image formats: png, jpg, bmp, pbm
    • Support WebAssembly (fallback to ASM.js when browser doesn't support)
    • Support Typescript


    Tesseract.js works with a <script> tag via local copy or CDN, with webpack via npm and on Node.js with npm/yarn.


    <!-- v2 -->
    <script src=''></script>
    <!-- v1 -->
    <script src=''></script>

    After including the script the Tesseract variable will be globally available.


    Tesseract.js currently requires Node.js v6.8.0 or higher

    # For v2 
    npm install tesseract.js
    yarn add tesseract.js
    # For v1 
    npm install tesseract.js@1
    yarn add tesseract.js@1


    Use tesseract.js the way you like!



    To run a development copy of Tesseract.js do the following:

    # First we clone the repository 
    git clone
    cd tesseract.js
    # Then we install the dependencies 
    npm install
    # And finally we start the development server 
    npm start

    The development server will be available at http://localhost:3000/examples/browser/demo.html in your favorite browser. It will automatically rebuild and when you change files in the src folder.

    Online Setup with a single Click

    You can use Gitpod(A free online VS Code like IDE) for contributing. With a single click it will launch a ready to code workspace with the build & start scripts already in process and within a few seconeds it will spin up the dev server so that you can start contributing straight away without wasting any time.

    Open in Gitpod

    Building Static Files

    To build the compiled static files just execute the following:

    npm run build

    This will output the files into the dist directory.


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