The easiest way to create a searchable PDF

Free online OCR. No download required. Files deleted after 60 minutes.

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What is a searchable PDF?

A searchable PDF is a PDF file that lets you search for keywords in the text, or use copy/paste to extract text from the PDF. Unfortunately, many PDFs created from scanned documents aren’t searchable, but this service can convert them to searchable PDFs.

How does this work?

PDFs generated from scanned documents are simply images stored inside of PDF files. We use a process called OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize text in those images, and then we embed that text in the PDFs, thus allowing them to be searchable.

How big of a file can I upload?

The OCR process is very resource intensive, and since this is a completely free service, we can only support processing the first 10 pages of each file. Additionally, each file can be no larger than 5mb (which should be fine for most PDFs with 10 or fewer pages).

How long are files stored?

Files are stored securely on our servers for up to 60 minutes to make sure you have enough time to download them. After that period, files are permanently deleted, and we won't be able to recover them under any circumstances.

Contact

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at hello@searchablepdfs.org — we'd love to hear from you! If you'd like to report a problem, please include a link to your browser information from whatsmybrowser.org — this will help us identify the issue and resolve it faster.

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