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    Version 2 is now available and under development in the master branch
    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)

    fancy demo gif

    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 { TesseractWorker } from 'tesseract.js';
    const worker = new TesseractWorker();
      .progress(progress => {
        console.log('progress', progress);
      }).then(result => {
        console.log('result', result);

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

    Major changes in v2

    • Upgrade to tesseract v4
    • 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)


    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@next
    yarn add tesseract.js@next
    # For v1
    npm install tesseract.js
    yarn add tesseract.js




    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 worker.min.js when you change files in the src folder.

    You can also run the development server in Gitpod ( a free online IDE and dev environment for GitHub that will automate your dev setup ) with a single click.

    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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