Convert any PDF or graphic file into searchable PDF, RTF, HTML and TXT with the fastest OCR for Mac! OCRKit is a simple and streamlined Mac application, that features advanced Optical Character Recognition technology, allowing you to convert scanned or printed documents into searchable and editable text.

You need to extract information from a scanned document in an email or created by DTP applications? It can be a great help for everyone: home users, corporate users at work, translators and educational institutions.

Simply run OCRKit on the document, and copy and paste the result where you need it. Stop retyping everything manually and save time and money by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your workflow.

OCRKit is fast and accurate, ensuring the document's content remains intact while saving time as well.

Key Features:
• Fastest OCR made for Mac
• High text recognition accuracy
• Instant content searchable thru Spotlight
• Highly compressed PDF
• Automatic rotation and de-skew
• Color detection
• Multi page processing without page limits
• Drag and drop functionality
• AppleScript support
• Many supported recognition languages

File formats that can be imported:
PDF, TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, PNM, BMP, PCX, GIF as well as OpenEXR.

File formats that can be saved:
PDF (Portable Document Format), HTML (HyperText Markup Language), RTF (Rich Text Format) and TXT (UTF-8 encoded plain text).

To directly scan from a scanner, you may also find our ExactScan application helpful.

The OCR engine recognizes the following languages:
Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Norwegian.

What's New

Version 18.4

• improved recognition and performance
• various other improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Exceptionally good


I dragged a PDF contaning the scan of a 120 page report (with tables and graphics) onto the icon for OCRKit, and within a minute itreturned a PDF that let me select and copy text everywhere in the PDF and search through the text in Preview (or any other PDF software). The original font, layout, graphics, and tables were perfectly preserved. OCRKit adds a text layer to the sanned PDF file so there is no loss of design or formatting. Even text in charts and tables is searchable and can be copied and pasted (handy for pulling data out of tables, but that will take a bit of manual work depending on the design of the table).

You can also export just the text, but making a scanned document into a searchable PDF (with text that can be copied and pasted) is the strength of the program.

If you want to end up with a Word file that retains the graphics and layout of the scanned document, OCRKit is not a good choice. Gettin from a scanned image in a PDF back to an editable Word document that retains graphics and formatting is not the purpose of the software.

I you want to scan a bunch of documents to reduce paper and have a searchable archive on your computer then this works perfectly. However, the document size can get large: the resulting PDF has both a scanned image and the text associated with it. OCRKit does provide compressed and highly compressed output, however. It makes PDFs that are smaller than the original scanned PDF and that retain the detail and clarity.

It is perfect for what it sets out to do.

Lightweight and fast


I really like my portable Brother scanner, but the software that came bundled with it was very disappointing. I wanted something simple and fast, and OCRKit fits the bill. I’m amazed that multi-page documents are processed in just seconds, and the OCR’d text is fairly accurate. The speed had me worried that there might be some type of cloud processing going on, but I found that OCRKit worked even when I disconnected my Mac from the internet. I adjusted the settings to increase the quality to 400 DPI and the quality of the processed files are comparable to the originals (and the file sizes are slightly smaller as a bonus). I also like that this program comes in under 40MB, while ABBY FineReader was well over 500MB. OCR accuracy of OCRKit does not quite match ABBY, but it is very close.
--UPDATE (Aug 2016): I purchased a new Brother scanner and the PDFs produced by it would turn out garbled after being processed by OCRKit. I emailed the developers and received a reply within 24 hours. They supplied me with a new app a few days later that corrected the issue until Apple approved the update for the App Store. Stellar customer service!
—UPDATE (Aug 2017): I had an issue with the software hanging on certain PDF files and, again, customer service was great! They emailed a corrected build to me within 24 hours of reporting the issue so I could continue to OCR my documents until Apple approved the new version. The folks at OCRKit are awesome!

Developer Response

Dear pleomorphed,
Thank you very much for your positive review!
OCRKit is indeed doing all image processing locally without any cloud exchange (actually internet upload would usually be much slower than just running the OCR on the high performance Intel cores in the Mac!). We also use our own PDF library for optimized and losses original image extraction when possible.

OCRKit upgrade


I am a doctoral student and part of my diet are pdfʻs that arenʻt searchable making research difficult. Last year I purchased OCRkit and my life was transformed because I could do searches in seconds instead of wasting time doing it manually. The week prior to this new release, my OCR pdfʻs were coming out rather strange. The first page was smaller then the rest of the document, which meant i had to zoom in on the first page and zoom back out for the rest of the pages. I thought the problem was the source of the files but after converting 15-20 pdfʻs, 90% of the files were looking the same way and from different sources.
I sent an email to OCRKit with a sample and Frank replied within hours. He commented that it was a very interesting problem and told me the problem was in the PDF library that had been recently optimized. Frank gave me a work around, temporary bug fix, until I was able to update it today on the AppStore. Itʻs working but in fact its faster than before. I do bulk conversions of 20-30 pdfʻs at a time and sometimes more and it doensʻt slow down my Mac. I loved the quick response and very knowledgable person who knew their software inside and out. In fact, Frank went above and beyond to help me solve my problems while waiting for Apple to approve the update.


ExactCODE GmbH
15.8 MB
English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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