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Read text from an image with PHP

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I would like to try to read some of text from an image with PHP.

So if I have an image like this:

enter image description here

How can I extract the text “Some text” into a string.

All help and suggestions are appreciated.

How to&Answers:

The process you are looking for is called Optical Character Recognition.


There is a package available, called phpOCR, that does exactly what you need.



phpOCR ist not the best choice, I would recommend TesseractOCR for PHP “A wrapper to work with TesseractOCR inside your PHP scripts.”


That’s called OCR. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_character_recognition ).

It’s not a trival task (that’s why captcha’s work as good as they do).

You’d be better of googling ‘OCR PHP’ if you want to find solutions.