FreeOCR is a free optical character recognition desktop software (OCR software) for Windows that supports scanning from most Twain scanners as well as processing PDFs, multi-page TIFF images and other popular image formats. FreeOCR exports the text content in plain text and can also export it directly into Microsoft Word format.

FreeOCR uses the latest Tesseract v3.01 OCR engine. It is very easy to use and supports the opening of multi-page TIFF documents, Adobe PDF documents, fax documents and most types of images, including compressed TIFF images, which the Tesseract engine cannot read by itself.

FreeOCR V4 includes Tesseract V3, which improves accuracy by using page layout analysis.

OCR Engine

The included Tesseract OCR PDF engine is an open source product from Google. It was developed in the Hewlett Packard laboratories between 1985 and 1995. In 1995, it was one of the top three OCR entrepreneurs to enter the OCR competition at the University of Nevady in Las Vegas. The Tesseract engine’s source code is now maintained by Google and the project can be found here.


FreeOCR is a free OCR and scan software and you can do everything you want, including commercial use. The included Tesseract OCR engine is distributed under the Apache V2.0 license.

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