OwlOCR 4+

Get text from images and PDFs‪!‬

JonLuca De Caro

    • 3.5 • 17 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Grab any text on the screen, convert images or scans to searchable PDFs, open QR-coded URLs, integrate via CLI, access with Finder Extensions and more!


OwlOCR allows grabbing a part of the screen and having any text in that area be instantaneously recognized and copied to clipboard. Additionally, the application supports recognizing text from PDF files, images and converting the contents to plain text. All conversion is done securely on-device - none of your images or files are sent to third-party services in the cloud.

The output of OwlOCR is plain text that you may copy and then paste to your target use or application. Exporting a PDF file with the text recognition results as an invisible text layer is also supported.

- Grab a screen area for instant OCR and result copied to clipboard
- High quality text recognition performed on-device securely
- Run text recognition page-by-page or for a directory or a group of files
- Take a photo or scan of document with your iPhone or iPad device (please note requirements: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209037)
- Export searchable PDF files
- Create searchable PDF, extract text to clipboard or plain text right from Finder using OwlOCR Finder Extensions
- Scan barcodes and QR and automatically open links in browser (NEW!)
- Integrate your favourite tools to OwlOCR CLI (NEW!)
- Customize OwlOCR to behave as a menu bar- or dock app
- Wrap naturally or as in input
- Custom dictionary for industry-specific lingo
- Choose line spacing 1.0-4.0
- Automatically start on MacOS launch (option)
- Input filetypes supported: PDF, GIF, PNG, JPEG, JPG.
- Keyboard shortcut Cmd + F1 (configurable) for a single screen area OCR even when OwlOCR is in the background
- Keyboard shortcut Cmd + F2 (configurable) for multiple screen area captures
- macOS Catalina or newer required
- Language support running under MacOS 11.0: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
- Language support under MacOS 10.15 limited to English only.
- Dark Mode supported, B&W/Color options for Menu Bar icon
- Runs natively on Apple M1 and Intel processors

Pro Mode
- 3 week free trial automatically starting upon installation (no sign-up required)
- After trial expiration, the Pro mode can purchased as a lifetime license

Features exclusively in Pro mode:
- Batch text recognition for multipage PDFs and multiple documents in parallel
- Use Finder Quick Actions on multiple files
- Take up to 20 screenshots with multi-screenshot feature
- Run post-process rules automatically
- Command line support for integrations


Privacy Policy - https://owlocr.com/privacypolicy
Terms of Use - https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/

What’s New

Version 6.0.6

* Fixed restore from v5
* Fixed extensions

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

jiaokuniu ,

Great app, but crashed often...

The app is great; however, I've noticed a recurring issue where it tends to crash after my Mac wakes up from sleep mode. To continue using it, I have to reopen the app each time.

Grant Barrett ,

Solid, reliable

Great little OCR app that will grab text from a pile of images, a webpage, a multipage PDF, a photograph, and more. Works just like it should. Tidy interface and thoughtful approach. Good for day-to-day need-it just for a moment rather than endless officewide OCR piles.

NotGivingMyRealName1 ,

Incredible, seriously

It's simple, it does what it says, it does it well, and it's convenient. Why this has no traction on the app store I have no idea.

App Privacy

The developer, JonLuca De Caro, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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