How to build tesseract 4 beta on macOS

brew info tesseract

tesseract: stable 3.05.01 (bottled), HEAD
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) engine

The result of recognition on Chinese - Simplified is a little bit terrifying.

I noticed that it added a new neural network system based on LSTMs after 4.0.0+

But it need to be build from source code on macOS.

Thankfully, the manul is quit specify on their

Install dependencies

brew install automake autoconf autoconf-archive libtool
brew install pkgconfig
brew install icu4c
brew install leptonica
brew install gcc


git clone
cd tesseract
./configure CC=gcc CXX=g++ CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/opt/icu4c/include LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/opt/icu4c/lib
make -j
make install

Their best trained modes, download the language chi_sim.traineddata and put it under tesseract/


tesseract image.png image -l chi_sim
cat image.txt

OK, it is still terrible under the Song typeface font. It need to be trained a new model by myself.

Finally, ignoring the tesseract, I found drag the image to OneNote, and Ctrl + Click -> Copy Text from Picture will get more Accuracy. 😓

Buy Mage a coffee here 😉