OCR in Windows 10

Believe it or not, Windows 10 comes with OCR capabilities out of the box. It’s actually very easy to use as well; admittedly, it’s not the most sensitive in the world – but it does basically work. Here’s how you would scan in a bitmap image and recognise characters:

        public async string RecogniseOCR()
            var ocrEngine = Windows.Media.Ocr.OcrEngine.TryCreateFromLanguage(new Windows.Globalization.Language("en"));
            var file = await Package.Current.InstalledLocation.GetFileAsync(@"Assets\test.bmp");            
            using (var stream = await file.OpenAsync(Windows.Storage.FileAccessMode.Read))
                // Create image decoder.
                var decoder = await BitmapDecoder.CreateAsync(stream);

                // Load bitmap.
                var bitmap = await decoder.GetSoftwareBitmapAsync();

                // Extract text from image.
                OcrResult result = await ocrEngine.RecognizeAsync(bitmap);

                // Return recognized text.
                return result.Text;

I scanned this image:


And it found this:


Like I said – not the most sensitive recognition in the world, but still, it’s there in Windows 10! What’s remarkable is that I only found it by accident – another example of Microsoft marketing missing a huge opportunity.

11 thoughts on “OCR in Windows 10

        1. Farhan

          i creatd upload button using this to upload image in image control
          Windows.Storage.Pickers.FileOpenPicker openPicker =
          new Windows.Storage.Pickers.FileOpenPicker();
          openPicker.SuggestedStartLocation =
          openPicker.ViewMode =

          // Filter to include a sample subset of file types.

          // Open the file picker.
          Windows.Storage.StorageFile file =
          await openPicker.PickSingleFileAsync();

          // ‘file’ is null if user cancels the file picker.
          if (file != null)
          using (Windows.Storage.Streams.IRandomAccessStream fileStream =
          await file.OpenAsync(Windows.Storage.FileAccessMode.Read))

          Windows.UI.Xaml.Media.Imaging.BitmapImage bitmapImage =
          new Windows.UI.Xaml.Media.Imaging.BitmapImage();

          image.Source = bitmapImage;
          than i use another button to extract text from uploaded image
          await LoadImage(file);

          OcrEngine ocrEngine = null;
          ocrEngine = OcrEngine.TryCreateFromUserProfileLanguages();

          if (ocrEngine != null)
          var ocrResult = await ocrEngine.RecognizeAsync(bitmap);
          textBlock.Text = ocrResult.Text;



          private SoftwareBitmap bitmap;

          private async Task LoadImage(StorageFile file)
          using (var stream = await file.OpenAsync(Windows.Storage.FileAccessMode.Read))

          var decoder = await BitmapDecoder.CreateAsync(stream);

          bitmap = await decoder.GetSoftwareBitmapAsync(BitmapPixelFormat.Bgra8, BitmapAlphaMode.Premultiplied);
          var imgsource = new WriteableBitmap(bitmap.PixelWidth, bitmap.PixelHeight);

          want to aske what path should i enter in code of text extraction ??

          1. pcmichaels Post author

            I’m not sure I understand your question – your code works fine for me.

    1. Farhan

      yes i visited it actually i want to know how to extract text from image at runtime i don’t want to use assets folder like you did in you example

      1. pcmichaels Post author

        Your code works with an image at runtime. I tried it earlier. If it’s not working for you then what error/problem are you getting?

  1. Farhan

    i use this line var file = await Package.Current.InstalledLocation.GetFileAsync(@”Assets\test.bmp”);
    var file = await Package.Current.InstalledLocation.GetFileAsync(” “);

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