Can anyone recommend a website (free tool) where I can enter an image (it contains some text) and get back text.

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You are looking for online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) services. The following free online services may help you:

  • +1 No one did this job, except this one: free-ocr.com (2-3 mistakes - it's ok). I have a big question, is there any non-free tool that do it perfect? :) Thanks, Mehper!
    – igor
    Apr 4, 2011 at 12:54
  • @igor: You're welcome. AFAIK, Abbyy FineReader offers a premium (paid) online service. Apr 4, 2011 at 13:27
  • I added my own website MyFreeOCR.com - it is a free online ocr service.
    – Imageree
    Nov 27, 2011 at 8:25

2 other free online OCR services:

  • Google Docs can convert images with text into text documents.

    The maximum size for images (.jpg, .gif, .png) that it can handle is 2 MB & each line of text in the image should ideally be of at least 10 pixels height.

  • OCR Terminal is an online OCR service that can convert image formats (TIFF, JPEG, GIF, BMP) to editable (.doc, .txt, .rtf) formats

http://online-ocr.net is a free online OCR system supporting 29 languages and various input formats (I am on the development team of online-ocr.net).

  • Please disclose if you are affiliated with the site.
    – jonsca
    May 11, 2015 at 23:46

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