Third-party software integration: OCR Tesseract

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Tesseract is an Open Source OCR engine adopted by Google. It works really well. The OCR natively can read TIFF documents and has hight ratio of recognition with images 300 dpi of resolution and converted to lineart (1 bit color).

If you are using a computer with Debian / Ubuntu, the installation simplifies a lot:

$ aptitude install tesseract-ocr


$ aptitude install tesseract-ocr-eng

If you want to add support for english language. You can also download Windows executables for tesseract-2.04 at

Now you have to tell OpenKM to use this OCR application. Edit the file OpenKM.cfg:

$ vim OpenKM.cfg

And set the system.ocr property to the path of the tesseract executable:


For more info, go to and Tesseract - Summary & first experiences.

You can download Tesseract 3 for Windows from tesseract-ocr Google Code. To install Tesseract 3 in Ubuntu, add the PPA and install Tesseract OCR 3.0 SVN:

 $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alex-p/notesalexp
 $ sudo apt-get update
 $ sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr tesseract-ocr-eng

Nota advertencia.png You must add the PPA, install the latest Tesseract and then disable the PPA as it contains a lot of bleeding edge packages!

 $ sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:alex-p/notesalexp

There is also another interesting free OCR application called OCRopus. It has many improvements over Tesseract but is on early development stage. Last released version (0.3.1) is quite usable and works very well but have to be compiled and actually is a difficult task. Visit for more info.

Compile from source code

You can download the source code from and compile yourself. Also download the language files you need and uncompress them in the same folder of the application.

$ sudo aptitude install build-essential libtiff4-dev
$ wget
$ tar xzvf tesseract-2.04.tar.gz
$ cd tesseract-2.04
$ ./configure --prefix=/opt/tesseract
$ make
$ wget
$ tar xzvf tesseract-2.00.eng.tar.gz
$ sudo make install

The executable should be located at /opt/tesseract/bin/tesseract. More info about compilation at:

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