Urdu OCR – A Digital Dream

December 18, 2008 9:17 pm 48 comments

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Ali Raza Shaikh

Disclaimer: This is not a startup company - These are some bright young students, they only needs encouragement and motivation. Maybe their current solution is not that good but still we all start with low quality solutions and improve it over the period of time. Lets look at this from that point of view.

Optical Character Recognition is a unique approach developed for recognizing isolated character that requires less complex calculations but still giving adequate results. In case of document image recognition, an additional step of detecting lines of text and possible set of character among those lines is a requisite. There are numerous methods available for character recognition. From numerical and statistical approach to AI based approach in an increasing order of their recognition accuracy, respectively. None of the approaches stated has recognition accuracy of 100%.Even the humans are not credited with absolute recognition accuracy. The main objective of the recognition software is to help its user in more physically tiring and cumbersome work of actually typing the whole document especially for a user. The error correction still resides with its user only. Hence, a recognition accuracy of even about 90% gives very satisfactory results. Apart from all this, the image quality also plays a very important role in the recognition accuracy.

So, a research project named Urdu OCR – A Digital Dream from Usman Institute of Technology fulfilling the needs. The team members of this project are Abdul Wahab, Shuwair Sardar, and Muhammad Abdul Sammad Khan. First prize winner of Combat 2008 (Software Competition – PAF Kiet) and Software Exhibition (Software Competition – SZABIST). Great work guys!

Urdu OCR is developed for first time. It has not been developed yet. The need of this product is in the printing media like Urdu news paper and magazines. It is useful in converting the books of Urdu in digital format, the large amount of useful and heritage data in Urdu language which are in vanishing form can be saved in digital format. It can produce electronic books and digital Urdu library online.

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  • go on pls!

  • Muhammad Asif

    To the developers … Salaam … Please let me know when your software is ready …

  • Saleem Rasheed

    A very nice effort ! Please take guidance from Arabic OCR software which are available commercialy.

  • hi, its great!!!
    pls let me know when and where I can get this software??

  • Hafiz Muhammad Snaullah

    I want this software
    i am very happy urdu ocr

  • To all the people who are working on it.

    First of all I would like to appreciate your work…It was a piece of software which was really needed and you people are doing a great job.

    I am very much interested in using this software. Please let me know when it is ready or even if beta version is ready….


  • Hi .. Salaam ….

    Please mail me with regards to the Urdu ocr software … I would like to purchase ….


  • Who reads Urdu literature these days (besides idiots and low lifers). What a waste of time developing this software,… such shame.

  • Abde Muneeb

    Aslam o Aliakum

    very good

    please mail me I want to perchase ocr urdu soft

    jazak allah

  • Abde Muneeb

    aslam o aliakum

    plz send me your cell No On my email



  • KhudaiFojdaar

    @ guru
    Aap bhi lagta hai ahmaqoN ke jahannum me rahte haiN.

  • assalaam waliqum.
    janab ager aap ka software Urdu OCR tayaar ho gaya hay to please mujhay send kardo aap ke bari meher bani hogi.

  • Assalam-o-Alaikum,
    JazakAllah, very good and useful effort. But please tell me when it was ready. I am waiting for it.


  • I am interested in this software. If you can demonstrate me, I can sell this software to many organizations.

  • Mohammad Nadeem

    I am also interested to purchase the programme “Urdu OCR”. Want to know that when will it be completed and when its sale will start.


  • bohat achi koshis hay,
    I am also interested to purchase the programme “Urdu OCR”. Want to know that when will it be completed and avialble for sale.
    pl. send me ur contact


  • Can I buy urdu or Pashto OCR from some whear

  • Muhammad Irshad Ali Qadri

    Very nice. Very nice, Very nice.
    guys! i want demonstration and purchase it. Plz send me your contact nos.

    Your earliest response will be furnished.

    Thanking you

    Your faithfully

    Muhammad Irshad Ali Qadri Attari

  • It is a good effort. However, to leave such an effort midway will be bad.

    I encourage you to continue working on it towards achieving the bigger goal of digitizing Urdu books.

    If you people can contact me, I will be glad to provide whatever assistance I can in this regard.

    Aamer Munir
    Assistant Professor (EE)
    NU-FAST Islamabad.

  • Asalaomoalikum

    Thanks to all for your nice comments.

    I am one of the developers of this software we are still in the developing face we will be launching this software in few months you guys can contact us on following :

    Shuwair Sardar :

    Abdul Wahab :

  • faizan kirmani

    it is really a great job kindly provide me such software

  • Keep it up guys!
    You need not be discouraged by any negative comments from people who have no idea of the worth of this work.

    Prayers & best wishes
    Arsalan I.

  • Dear Students
    you are really doing a great job for the service of our Urdu language. Actually you have started your work from a scratch and every one in future will follow your ideas and your work will be honoured in in the history of Urdu.
    carry on.
    with best wishes.

  • کیا اپڈیٹس ہیں اس Ú©ÛŒ
    ریلیز ہو گیا کیا؟

  • AOA yar i student of QAU islamabad this is my final projrct to develop an urdu OCR for atleast two fonts….
    so plz mail me helping material related to urdu OCR


  • Really great work!

    A link to the developers’ website will be most helpful. (Your post is incomplete without this main link.)

  • Muhammad Umair


    Dear that’s a really great effort. Can you please update me about the software status. I mean its completed or not. IF completed then what’s the method to get it. I mean what’s its price. Further if you can please write down your contact number i need to talk you.

    Muhammad Umair

  • sadiq khoja

    I need your software, can you send me setup of your project?

  • sadiq khoja

    my email address is

  • ???? ??? ???? ?? ??? ???????? ??? ????
    what will be the price of the Urdu OCR Products

  • Haven’t you try Free OCR? It’s a free OCR service and the accurate is good.

  • hey um sunil , i posted a comment here and asked for helping material regarding to develop an urdu ocr , dint get fro anyone , but now i have develop my own ocr for urdu named as ” uOCR “……….. thanx

  • I dont think that u truely made this software and u didnot show well thats ur program extracted all sentence in edittable form may be u r software accuracy is 25% or ???

  • I dont think that u truely made this software and u didnot show well thats ur program extracted all sentence in edittable form may be u r software accuracy is 25% or less..

  • Asalaomoalikum dear urdu OCR bana nia per ap ko mabarak ho moje be is ke zaroat hai moje aik copy URDU OCR ke zeroat hai kya ap moj se rapata kr saktay ho thnx Allah Hafiz

  • aoa…..im doing a final year project on augmented reality(a device that converts textual data into a speech )…..so i need of u guys….it is a noble cause for blinds…..kindly contact me on my e-mail address….waiting for ur reply.


  • Muhammad Umar Hayat


    I would like to appreciate your work & great job.

    I am very much interested in purchase of this software. Please let me know when it is ready.


    Muhammad Umar Hayat

  • Shuwair Sardar


    Dear all I am one of the researchers of this project we have recently published a research paper on this subject in IEEE. We are still doing research on this subject, covering others aspects necessary for Urdu OCR. Interested audience can access paper from blow link:


    Kind Regard:
    Shuwair Sardar

  • Sabahat Ahmed

    This is great work done by these students plz let me know where I can find this software ?

  • Would like to get hold of this…. Can English translation be added in…..

  • if you ppl bring thismuch needed programm into market ,it will be great service to urdu lovers .so keep it up guys. i am dying to see n use this urdu OCR of yours. how much time it ll take to be launched?

  • Muhammad Imran Gill

    Tell me

    Urdu(language) scanned documents convert to Ms office in which software.

  • Muhammad Shoaib

    I need this software. Please guide me how can I get it.

  • dasdasdasd

  • Your working is very greatfull…..

    I need this software. Please guide me how can I get it.

  • Marsad Hashmi

    It is just dream.

  • Marsad Hashmi

    It is just a dream.

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