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Extract text from PDF OCR in Java

First of all, I would like to say that the viewer is working normally for text-based PDFs. The problem is when I try to do the same with a PDF image-based that was OCR. Instead of getting the correct text, I got just some ‘22222’.

If you open the attached PDF document in a PDF reader, you’ll see that you can search and select the words, but GroupDocs doesn’t recognize those words.

Original document: input.pdf (203.9 KB)

OCR PDF file: ocr-output.pdf (209.6 KB)

HTML result file: p_1.zip (980.5 KB)
input.pdf (204 KB)
ocr-output.pdf (210 KB)
p_1.zip (981 KB)


We cannot reproduce this issue using the web app. Are you using our free web app or the back-end API?


Both, if you use the web app and try to select the text and copy and paste it in another place you will see strange text, you can try to search for the text too, if you do you won’t find any result.

In the back-end I tried to render it to HTML and the result file has some just ‘2’ characters instead of the correct text.

    public void renderPdfOcrImageBased() throws IOException, URISyntaxException {
    String file = viewerPath.resolve("input.pdf").toString();
    Path resultPath = this.resultPath.resolve("ocr-output");
    String pathFormat = new File(resultPath.toString(), "p_{0}.html").getPath();

    HtmlViewOptions viewOptions = HtmlViewOptions.forEmbeddedResources(pathFormat);

    try (Viewer viewer = new Viewer(file)) {

    try (Stream<String> lines = Files.lines(resultPath.resolve("p_1.html"), StandardCharsets.UTF_8)) {
        Assert.assertTrue(lines.anyMatch(line -> line.contains("Shrimp")));

POM dependency
groupId: com.groupdocs
artifactId: groupdocs-viewer
version: 21.11.1


Can you reproduce the error? If needed I can record a video.


See if these images help.

html-generated-file.png - HTML generated file by the Viewer with HtmlViewOptions in the cache folder
pdf-opened-on-gd-viewer.png - Any result was found for “shrimp” word
pdf-open-on-chrome.png - I can find “shrimp” word when I open the same file on Chrome
search-2222-gd-viewer.png - If I search for “2222” it finds occurrence because during the Html creation it was added a lot of “2222” instead of the correct words.

viewer-search-issue.zip (2.9 MB)
viewer-search-issue.zip (2.87 MB)


Here is another document that I have the same problem with a scanned document that was OCR’d.

Do you have any updates on this topic?

ocr-image-based.pdf (15.6 KB)


Thank you for attaching source and output files. We have created the issue in our internal bug-tracker for the investigation. The issue ID is VIEWERJAVA-2750. We’ll let you know in case we’ll have any updates.

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Is there an update on this issue?


The issue is still under investigation. We’ll share the update when we have any new information.

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Any update about this issue?


The issue is still under investigation. We’ll let you know in case of any updates.