UiPath OCR

UiPath OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a feature in the UiPath RPA (Robotic Process Automation) platform that allows software robots to read and extract text from images, scanned documents, PDFs, and other visual formats. This technology is crucial for automating processes that involve handling unstructured data or documents where the text is not in a machine-readable format.


Here are some key points about UiPath OCR:


Types of OCR Engines: UiPath supports multiple OCR engines, both built-in and third-party, including:


  • Google OCR
  • Microsoft OCR
  • Tesseract OCR
  • Abbyy OCR
  • UiPath Document Understanding OCR

Each engine has its own strengths and can be selected based on the specific requirements of the task, such as language support, accuracy, and speed.




OCR activities can be easily integrated into UiPath workflows. These activities are designed to capture and interpret text from various sources and can be combined with other automation activities to create end-to-end automated solutions.


Use Cases:


  • Data Entry Automation: Automatically extracting information from invoices, receipts, forms, and other documents to enter into systems.
  • Document Digitization: Converting physical documents into digital formats for easier storage, retrieval, and processing.
  • Screen Scraping: Extracting text from applications that do not provide APIs or other means of direct data access.




  • Text Extraction: Capturing text from images and scanned documents.
  • Handwriting Recognition: Some advanced OCR engines can also recognize and extract handwritten text.
  • Multi-Language Support: Ability to recognize text in multiple languages.
  • PDF Processing: Extracting text from PDF files, including scanned PDFs.


Overall, UiPath OCR is a powerful tool that enhances the capability of RPA by enabling the automation of tasks that involve unstructured data and documents.

What is the Accuracy and Configuration of UiPath OCR?

The accuracy of OCR can vary based on factors like image quality, font type, and language. UiPath provides various settings and configurations to improve OCR accuracy, such as adjusting the scale, OCR engine settings, and pre-processing the images to enhance clarity.

Do some OCR engines require separate licenses when used with UiPath, and how does UiPath handle these licensing needs?

Yes, some OCR engines, like Abbyy OCR, require separate licenses when used with UiPath. UiPath offers licensing options and integrations to incorporate these third-party engines within the automation workflows, ensuring that users can seamlessly utilize these OCR capabilities.

What are some common use cases for UiPath OCR in automation workflows?

Common use cases for UiPath OCR in automation workflows include data entry automation, where information is extracted from invoices, receipts, and forms to be entered into systems automatically; document digitization, converting physical documents into digital formats for easier storage and retrieval; and screen scraping, extracting text from applications that do not provide direct data access. These capabilities enhance the efficiency and accuracy of automated processes involving unstructured data and documents.