Tesseract is a great and easy to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool with support for several languages.

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Installation

Install tesseract package with your package manager. English language data will probably be installed automatically. To install other languages, look for tesseract-ocr, tesseract-data or tesseract-langpack (depends on the Linux system).

# For Debian/Ubuntu, installing spanish language data
sudo apt install tesseract-ocr-spa

Usage

Usage is very simple, just type tesseract, specifying the text language (with -l), input image and the basename of the output file. If you don’t specify a language, it will search for english text.

tesseract -l spa image.jpg output-text
  • You can replace output file basename with - to use standard output.

You can check which languages are installed with tesseract --list-langs.

For more info about tesseract usage, check its man page.

Test with this online terminal: