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What is recomended for OCR in Fedora?

asked 2015-04-30 21:28:50 -0500

mh4openfield gravatar image

updated 2016-03-07 22:26:35 -0500

Trying to use something like ABBYY FineReader. Wondering if anyone has utilized WINE successfully? Is there a recommended way to search the text of documents within a folder? I assume Fedora does not keep an index of words on each file the way Microsoft does.

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You want to search within the files of the system?

ervinonfedora gravatar imageervinonfedora ( 2015-05-01 05:35:17 -0500 )edit

Correct, tracker does not index words in files (which would be nice). It tracks only file names.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-05-01 08:35:24 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-05-01 08:39:32 -0500

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updated 2016-03-09 08:56:48 -0500

I have never used it but I know that there is gImageReader, a GUI for tesseract-ocr. It can be easily installed in Software Center. Have you tried this?

From terminal run sudo dnf install gimagereader-gtk (it will automatically install tesseract as a dependency).

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Good call. I've been looking into OCR lately, many, many programs for both Windows and Fedora are frontends for tesseract.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-05-02 01:46:25 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-08 00:52:50 -0500

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dnf -y install gscan2pdf tesseract
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answered 2015-05-01 09:17:02 -0500

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There is a package called "recoll" in the Fedora repository. It keeps an index of all documents in selected directories including words within documents. It handles pdf by default and can index MSWord documents once the necessary helper packages are installed. It has a lot of configuration options, but the vanilla installation is still very useful. Guidance for installing index generation as a cron job is given. Indexing is done incrementally; you don't have to scan the whole directory tree for each iteration.

The project homepage is at .

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Appreciate the info, will post back when I have results.

mh4openfield gravatar imagemh4openfield ( 2015-05-01 16:00:39 -0500 )edit

Appreciate the info too. Nice for the document folder.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-05-01 17:41:36 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-05-01 05:39:11 -0500

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If you want to use windows programs I suggest you install playonlinux. There is a better chance it will work rather than with wine. And also if the system files are not indexed, I doubt any program can read inside them. They have to be indexed first.

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This doesn't really say anything about OCR. Are there any specific applications from PlayOnLinux that you would recommend for extracting text from scanned images?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2016-03-07 22:29:17 -0500 )edit

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