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A Python wrapper for OCR engines (Tesseract, Cuneiform, etc)

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Pyocr is an optical character recognition (OCR) tool wrapper for python.
That is, it helps using OCR tools from a Python program.

It has been tested only on GNU/Linux systems. It should also work on similar
systems (*BSD, etc). It doesn't work on Windows, MacOSX, etc.

Pyocr can be used as a wrapper for google's Tesseract-OCR
( ) or Cuneiform. It can read all image
types supported by the Python Imaging Library, including jpeg, png, gif, bmp, tiff,
and others. It also support bounding box data.

import Image
import sys
from pyocr import pyocr

tools = pyocr.get_available_tools()[:]
if len(tools) == 0:
print("No OCR tool found")
print("Using '%s'" % (tools[0].get_name()))
tools[0].image_to_string('test.png'), lang='fra',

* Pyocr requires python 2.5 or later.
* You will need the Python Imaging Library (PIL). Under Debian/Ubuntu, this is
the package "python-imaging".
* Install an OCR:
* tesseract-ocr from .
You must be able to invoke the tesseract command as "tesseract".
Python-tesseract is tested with Tesseract >= 3.01 only.
* or cuneiform

$ sudo python ./ install

Tests are made to be run with the latest versions of Tesseract and Cuneiform.
the first test verifies that you're using the expected version.

Pyocr is released under the GPL v3+.
Copyright (c) Samuel Hoffstaetter, 2009
Copyright (c) Jerome Flesch, 2011-2012
other files:
Copyright (c) Jerome Flesch, 2011-2012

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