ocrad man page

ocrad — command line text recognition tool


ocrad [options] [files]


GNU Ocrad is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program based on a feature extraction method. It reads images in pbm (bitmap), pgm (greyscale) or ppm (color) formats and produces text in byte (8-bit) or UTF-8 formats. The pbm, pgm and ppm formats are collectively known as pnm.

Ocrad includes a layout analyser able to separate the columns or blocks of text normally found on printed pages.

For best results the characters should be at least 20 pixels high. If they are smaller, try the --scale option. Scanning the image at 300 dpi usually produces a character size good enough for ocrad. Merged, very bold or very light (broken) characters are normally not recognized correctly. Try to avoid them.


-h, --help

display this help and exit

-V, --version

output version information and exit

-a, --append

append text to output file

-c, --charset=<name>

try '--charset=help' for a list of names

-e, --filter=<name>

try '--filter=help' for a list of names

-E, --user-filter=<file>

user-defined filter, see manual for format

-f, --force

force overwrite of output file

-F, --format=<fmt>

output format (byte, utf8)

-i, --invert

invert image levels (white on black)

-l, --layout

perform layout analysis

-o, --output=<file>

place the output into <file>

-q, --quiet

suppress all messages

-s, --scale=[-]<n>

scale input image by [1/]<n>

-t, --transform=<name>

try '--transform=help' for a list of names

-T, --threshold=<n%>

threshold for binarization (0-100%)

-u, --cut=<l,t,w,h>

cut input image by given rectangle

-v, --verbose

be verbose

-x, --export=<file>

export results in ORF format to <file>

If no files are specified, ocrad reads the image from standard input. If the -o option is not specified, ocrad sends text to standard output.

Exit status: 0 for a normal exit, 1 for environmental problems (file not found, invalid flags, I/O errors, etc), 2 to indicate a corrupt or invalid input file, 3 for an internal consistency error (eg, bug) which caused ocrad to panic.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to bug-ocrad@gnu.org
Ocrad home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/ocrad/ocrad.html
General help using GNU software: http://www.gnu.org/gethelp

See Also

The full documentation for ocrad is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and ocrad programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info ocrad

should give you access to the complete manual.

Referenced By


March 2015 ocrad 0.25 User Commands