OCR Software for Windows – ABBYY FineReader

FineReader is an all-in-one OCR and PDF software application for increasing business productivity when working with documents. It provides powerful, yet easy-to-use tools to access and modify information locked in paper-based documents and PDFs.

ocr software

A single solution to edit, review, protect, compare, and convert PDFs and scans

award-winning ocr

Award-winning technology from trusted leader in OCR for Windows

document processing

The best choice to work with paper-based PDF documents


FineReader for Windows simplifies working with paper-based documents and PDFs by combining powerful OCR and conversion technologies with essential PDF tools.

Convert PDFs and scans

World-leading OCR technology to accurately convert paper documents, scans and PDFs to Word, Excel®, searchable PDF and other formats.


document classification

Compare documents

Quickly identify text changes between different versions of the same document – whether a scan, PDF, Word document or presentation.

Edit and comment PDFs

Edit any PDFs including scans, create PDF from multiple files, comment and annotate, search in, protect and prepare for sharing, fill in forms and more.


document classification

Automate conversion

Streamline document conversion using the Hot Folder tool to schedule batch processing and track documents for conversion with “watched” folders.

PC Requirements


Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7
  • For working with localized interfaces corresponding language support is required

Centralized deployment and virtualization

The operation of ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 has been tested for the following configurations:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 R2, 2008 R2 (including the use with Remote Desktop, RemoteApp and Remote Desktop Web Access)
  • Citrix Workspace App 1808 (using installed application accessed from a server), Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops


  • PC with 1 GHz (or faster) x86 or x64 processor with SSE2 instruction set
  • 1 GB of RAM (4 GB is recommended); in multiprocessor systems, an additional 512 MB of RAM is required for each additional processor.
  • 1.2 GB of hard disk space for typical program installation and 1.2 GB free space for optimal program operation
  • Video card with 1024×768 resolution or higher
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your serial number.
  • Keyboard, mouse or other pointing device


Terminal Server Support


The operation of ABBYY FineReader 14 in terminal mode has been tested for the following configurations:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (Remote Desktop, RemoteApp and Remote Desktop Web Access)
  • Citrix XenApp 7.9 (using installed application accessed from a server)

Scanners & MFPs


FineReader supports TWAIN- and WIA-compatible scanners, multi-function peripherals (MFPs) and all-in-one devices when using in scanning mode.

You can find such scanners among the popular models offered by:


Nonetheless, ABBYY does not guarantee any scanner to be fully compatible with ABBYY software products. Due to this fact, ABBYY assumes no liability whatsoever for any damages – commercial or otherwise – arising from the use of the information stated above.

Digital Camera Requirements


Recommended Requirements for Digital Cameras:


    • 5 megapixel sensor (minimum – 2 megapixel)
    • Flash disable feature
    • Manual aperture control or aperture priority mode
    • Manual focusing
    • An anti-shake system or the use of a tripod is recommended
    • Optical zoom

Interface Languages


Note: number of supported interface languages may vary in some local versions of ABBYY FineReader 14

Supported File Formats


  • PDF, including PDF/A
  • Image formats: TIFF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, JBIG2, PNG, BMP, PCX, GIF, DjVu, XPS*
  • Editable formats**: DOC(X), XLS(X), PPT(X), VSD(X), HTML, RTF, TXT, ODT, ODS, ODP


Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.
** Microsoft
® Office or Apache® OpenOffice® is required.


  • PDF, including PDF/A (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 2u, 3a, 3b, 3u)
  • Image formats: TIFF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, JBIG2, PNG, BMP, PCX, DjVu
  • Editable formats: DOC(X), XLS(X), PPTX, HTML, RTF, TXT, CSV, ODT
  • E-book formats: EPUB®, FB2

Supported Barcodes

Supported Applications

  • Microsoft Word 2016 (16.0), 2013 (15.0), 2010 (14.0), 2007 (12.0)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 (16.0), 2013 (15.0), 2010 (14.0), 2007 (12.0)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (16.0), 2013 (15.0), 2010 (14.0), 2007 (12.0)
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • Apache OpenOffice Writer 4.1
  • LibreOffice Writer 5.2
  • Adobe Acrobat/Reader (10.0 and later)

If any application is missing from this list, it has either not yet tested or not supported. To ensure better compatibility, we recommend installing the latest updates and upgrades available for the above applications.

Recognition Languages


ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 supports 198 recognition languages in all combinations. 53 languages include dictionary support(marked with ):


Old European Languages & Gothic Fonts


Artificial Languages


Artificial Languages


Document Comparison Languages


ABBYY FineReader 14 supports 35 document comparison languages in all combinations.


Azeri (Latin)
Dutch (Belgian)
German (new spelling)
Norwegian (Bokmal)
Norwegian (Nynorsk)

FineReader PDF equips information workers with the PDF tools they need to meet the demands of a digital world. For small and medium-sized business, enterprise customers, or public and educational institutions, volume licensing provides a cost-effective solution starting at five licenses.


All-in-One Productivity

Empower employees with OCR-driven technology and optimize a range of tasks when working with different kinds of PDFs.

Simple Deployment

Deploy one set of PDF tools on multiple workstations, while enjoying flexible licensing options that grow with the business.

Cost Effective

Benefit from progressive volume discounts to maximize the impact across your organization.


Licensing Options


FineReader 14 offers simple and flexible licensing options to fit the requirements of business organizations as well as public and educational institutions.


Per Seat


min. 5 licenses

Terminal Server


min. 5 licenses



min. 5 licenses

TYPE OF LICENSE Multiple user license for local use on workstations Multiple user license for use with virtualization solutions. Network license, shared within a LAN, for local use on workstations
INSTALLATION Local or roll-out installation, single or multiple license keys Installation on server, single license key. Roll-out installation, single or multiple license keys; License Manager tool on server
LICENSED PER Licensed per workstation Licensed per named user Licensed per # of simultaneous users
NUMBER OF USERS Number of users equal to number of licenses purchased Number of users equal to number of licenses purchased Number of users limited by the number of simultaneous users

Campus licenses

Tailored for Educational Organizations.


Campus Licenses offer flexible and cost-efficient options. Deploy FineReader PDF across all institutionally owned PCs in schools or campuses of various sizes with tiered yearly pricing, to suit budgets ranging from smaller schools to large universities.

Student Add-ons*: Academic institutions with a Campus License can equip their students with Add-on licenses for installing on their privately owned devices with a one-time purchase.

* Student Add-ons cannot be purchased separately and must be purchased by the same school or university that purchased the Campus License.

Read the Campus flyer

FineReader product brochure


Click the link below to download the brochures.



ABBYY FineReader 15 EN   (PDF, 572 KB)

User’s guide (PDF, 3.88 MB)

Admin’s guide (PDF, 5.82 MB)

Accessibility Compliance Report (VPAT®) (PDF)

Full Feature List (PDF)

ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 End-User License Agreement (EULA)