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One of the search use cases that I’ve been introduced to would require the ability to index text such as scanned text in png files. I set out to figure out how to do this with SOLR. I came across a couple pretty good blog posts, but as usual, you have to put together what you learn from multiple sources before you can get things to work correctly (or at least that’s what usually happens for me). So I thought I would put together the steps I took to get it to work.

I used HDP Sandbox 2.3.

Step-by-step guideInstall dependencies - this will provide you support for processing pngs, jpegs, and tiffs

yum install autoconf automake libtool
yum install libpng-devel
yum install libjpeg-devel
yum install libtiff-devel
yum install zlib-devel

Download Leptonica, an image processing library


Download Tesseract, an Optical Character Recognition engine


Ensure proper variables and pathing are set – This is necessary so that when building leptonica, the build can find the dependencies that you installed earlier. If this pathing is not correct, you will get Unsupported image type errors when running tesseract command line client. Also, when installing tesseract, you will place language data at TESSDATA_PREFIX dir.

[root@sandbox tesseract-ocr]# cat ~/.profileexport TESSDATA_PREFIX='/usr/local/share/'export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/lib:/usr/lib64

Build leptonica

tar xvf leptonica-1.69.tar.gz
cd leptonica-1.69./configure
sudo make install

Build Tesseract

tar xvf tesseract-ocr-3.02.02.tar.gz
cd tesseract-ocr
sudo make installsudo ldconfig

Download tesseract language(s) and place them in TESSDATA_PREFIX dir, defined above


tar xzf tesseract-ocr-3.02.eng.tar.gz

cp tesseract-ocr/tessdata/* /usr/local/share/tessdata

Test Tesseract – Use the image in this blog post. You’ll notice that this is where I started. The ‘hard’ part of this was getting the builds correct for leptonica. And the problem there was ensuring that I had the correct dependencies installed and that they were available on the path defined above. If this doesn’t work, there’s no sense moving on to SOLR.

[root@sandbox tesseract-ocr]# /usr/local/bin/tesseract ~/OM_1.jpg ~/OM_out

Tesseract Open Source OCR Engine v3.02.02 with Leptonica

[root@sandbox tesseract-ocr]# cat ~/OM_out.txt

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If you have text in your out file, then you’ve done it correctly!

Start Solr Sample – This sample contains the Proper Extracting Request Handler for processing with tika

cd /opt/lucidworks-hdpsearch/solr/bin/
./solr -e dih
Use SOLR Admin to upload the image Go back to the blog post or to the RequestHandler page for the proper update/extract command syntax.
  1. From SOLR admin, select the tika core.
  2. Click Documents
  3. In the Request-Handler (qt) field, enter /update/extract
  4. In the Document Type drop down, select File Upload
  5. Choose the png file
  6. In the Extracting Req. Handler Params box, type the following:
  8. Understanding all the parameters is another process, but the is the unique id for the document. For more information on this command, start by reviewing and then the SOLR documentation.

Run a query

  1. From SOLR admin, select tika core.
  2. Click Query.
  3. In the q field, type attr_content:explained
  4. Execute the query.

Try it again Use another png or supported file type. Be sure to use the same Request Handler Params, except provide a new unique Note, that the attr_content is a dynamic field, and it cannot be highlighted. If you figure out how to add an indexed and stored field to hold the image text, let me know :)


Hello @bhagan, this is a good article. Could you please add few screenshots showing the actual input/output of image processing? It's a bit harder to follow and imagine how it is going to work. Thanks !

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