Pytesseract : "TesseractNotFound Error: tesseract is not installed or it's not in your path", how do I fix this?


Python Problem Overview

I'm trying to run a basic and very simple code in python.

from PIL import Image
import pytesseract

im ="sample1.jpg")

text = pytesseract.image_to_string(im, lang = 'eng')


This is what it looks like, I have actually installed tesseract for windows through the installer. I'm very new to Python, and I'm unsure how to proceed?

Any guidance here would be very helpful. I've tried restarting my Spyder application but to no avail.

Python Solutions

Solution 1 - Python

I see steps are scattered in different answers. Based on my recent experience with this pytesseract error on Windows, writing different steps in sequence to make it easier to resolve the error:

1. Install tesseract using windows installer available at:

2. Note the tesseract path from the installation. Default installation path at the time of this edit was: C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Tesseract-OCR. It may change so please check the installation path.

3. pip install pytesseract

4. Set the tesseract path in the script before calling image_to_string:

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = r'C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe'

Solution 2 - Python

First you should install binary:

On Linux
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libleptonica-dev tesseract-ocr tesseract-ocr-dev libtesseract-dev python3-pil tesseract-ocr-eng tesseract-ocr-script-latn
On Mac
brew install tesseract
On Windows

download binary from then add pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe' to your script.

Then you should install python package using pip:

pip install tesseract
pip install tesseract-ocr

references: (INSTALLATION section) and

Solution 3 - Python

For Windows Only

1 - You need to have Tesseract OCR installed on your computer. >get it from here. > > >Download the suitable version.

2 - Add Tesseract path to your System Environment. i.e. Edit system variables.

3 - Run pip install pytesseract and pip install tesseract

4 - Add this line to your python script every time

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = 'C:/OCR/Tesseract-OCR/tesseract.exe'  # your path may be different

5 - Run the code.

Solution 4 - Python

This error is because tesseract is not installed on your computer.

If you are using Ubuntu install tesseract using following command:

sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr

For mac:

brew install tesseract

Solution 5 - Python

From :

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = '<full_path_to_your_tesseract_executable>'
# Include the above line, if you don't have tesseract executable in your PATH
# Example tesseract_cmd: 'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Tesseract-OCR\\tesseract'

Solution 6 - Python

In windows:

pip install tesseract

pip install tesseract-ocr

and check the file which is stored in your system usr/appdata/local/programs/site-pakages/python/python36/lib/pytesseract/ file and compile the file

Solution 7 - Python

On Mac, you can install it like shown below. This works for me.

brew install tesseract

Solution 8 - Python

you can install this package... after that you should go this path C:\Program Files (x86)\Tesseract-OCR\ tesseract.exe then run tesseract file. I think this will help you...

Solution 9 - Python

Step 1:

Install tesseract on your system as per the OS. Latest installers can be found at

Step 2: Install the following dependency libraries using : pip install pytesseract pip install opencv-python pip install numpy

Step 3: Sample code

import cv2
import numpy as np
import pytesseract
from PIL import Image
from pytesseract import image_to_string

# Path of working folder on Disk Replace with your working folder
src_path = "C:\\Users\\<user>\\PycharmProjects\\ImageToText\\input\\"
# If you don't have tesseract executable in your PATH, include the 
pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = 'C:/Program Files (x86)/Tesseract- 
TESSDATA_PREFIX = 'C:/Program Files (x86)/Tesseract-OCR'

def get_string(img_path):
    # Read image with opencv
    img = cv2.imread(img_path)

    # Convert to gray
    img = cv2.cvtColor(img, cv2.COLOR_BGR2GRAY)

    # Apply dilation and erosion to remove some noise
    kernel = np.ones((1, 1), np.uint8)
    img = cv2.dilate(img, kernel, iterations=1)
    img = cv2.erode(img, kernel, iterations=1)

    # Write image after removed noise
    cv2.imwrite(src_path + "removed_noise.png", img)

    #  Apply threshold to get image with only black and white
    #img = cv2.adaptiveThreshold(img, 255, cv2.ADAPTIVE_THRESH_GAUSSIAN_C, cv2.THRESH_BINARY, 31, 2)

    # Write the image after apply opencv to do some ...
    cv2.imwrite(src_path + "thres.png", img)

    # Recognize text with tesseract for python
    result = pytesseract.image_to_string( + "thres.png"))

    # Remove template file

    return result

print('--- Start recognize text from image ---')
print(get_string(src_path + "image.png") )

print("------ Done -------")

Solution 10 - Python

On Windows 64 bits, just add the following to the PATH environment variable: "C:\Program Files\Tesseract-OCR" and it will work.

Solution 11 - Python

I can solve it by updating the tesseract_cmd variable with the bin/tesseract path in the file

Solution 12 - Python

I had the same issue on Windows. I tried to update the environment variables for the path of tesseract which did not work.

What worked for me was to modify the which can be found at the path C:\Program Files\Python37\Lib\site-packages\pytesseract or usually in the C:\Users\YOUR USER\APPDATA\Python

I changed one line as per below:

#tesseract_cmd = 'tesseract' 
#tesseract_cmd = 'C:\Program Files\Tesseract-OCR\\tesseract.exe'

Note I had to put an extra \ before tesseract as Python was interpreting same as \t and you will get the below error message:

>pytesseract.pytesseract.TesseractNotFoundError: C:\Program Files\Tesseract-OCR esseract.exe is not installed or it's not in your path

Solution 13 - Python

for me it worked by putting single quote

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd =r'C:/Program Files/Tesseract-OCR/tesseract.exe'

actually putting inside double quotes was automatically inserting unwanted chracter

Solution 14 - Python

For Linux Distribution (Ubuntu)


sudo apt install tesseract-ocr
sudo apt install libtesseract-dev

Solution 15 - Python

Anaconda Installation:

Works on Mac, Linux, and Windows

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conda-forge/packages/tesseract 4.1.1

Step 1:

conda install -c conda-forge tesseract

Step 2: Find Tesseract PATH if you haven't already

for r,s,f in os.walk("/"):
    for i in f:
        if "tesseract" in i:

For example, my Tesseract PATH is /anaconda/bin/tesseract

Step 3: Add tesseract to PATH

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = r'/anaconda/bin/tesseract'

Solution 16 - Python

You would be needing to install tesseract.


Check out the above documentation on the installation.

Solution 17 - Python

In windows, the command path must be redirected, for a default windows tesseract installation.

  1. In 32 bit system, add in this line after import commands.
pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe' 
  1. In 64 bit system, add this line instead.
     pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = 'C:\Program Files\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe'

Solution 18 - Python

Perhaps this is happening because, even if Tesseract is correctly installed, you have not installed your language, as was my case. Fortunately this is very easy to fix, and I did not even need to mess with tesseract_cmd.

sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr -y
sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr-spa -y
tesseract --list-langs

Note that in the second line we have specified -spa for Spanish.

If installation has been successful, you should get a list of your available languages, like:

List of available languages (3):

I found this at this blog post (Spanish). There is also a post for installation of Spanish language in Windows (not as easy apparently).

Note: since the question uses lang = 'eng', it is likely this is not the answer in that specific case. But the same error may happen in this other situation, which is why I posted the answer here.

Solution 19 - Python

For Windows users only:

Install tesseract using:

pip install tesseract

and then add this line to your code, mind the "\"

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Tesseract-OCR\\tesseract.exe" 

Solution 20 - Python

It did work for me just by installing tesseract using conda.

conda install -c conda-forge tesseract

Solution 21 - Python

For Windows in simple steps:

  1. Download Windows version from

  2. Install

  3. Write following in your .py file (check installed location)

     pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = r"C:\Program Files\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe"
     img_text = pytesseract.image_to_string(

Solution 22 - Python

Use the following command to install tesseract

pip install tesseract

Solution 23 - Python

# {Windows 10 instructions}
# before you use the script you need to install the dependence
# 1. download the tesseract from the official link:
# 2. install the tesseract
# 	i chosed this path
# 		*replace the user string in the below path with you name of user that you are using in your current machine
# 		C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Tesseract-OCR\
# 3. Install the  pillow for your python version
# * the best way for me is to install is this form(i'am using python3.7 version and in my CMD i run this version of python by     typing py -3.7):
# * if you are using another version of python first look how you start the python from you CMD
# * for some machine the run of python from the CMD is different
    # [examples]
    # =================================
    # python
    # python3.7
    # python -3.7
    # python 3.7
    # python3
    # python -3
    # python 3
    # py3.7
    # py -3.7
    # py 3.7
    # py3
    # py -3
    # py 3
    # python
    # python3.6
    # python -3.6
    # python 3.6
    # python3
    # python -3
    # python 3
    # py3.6
    # py -3.6
    # py 3.6
    # py3
    # py -3
    # py 3
    # python
    # python2.7
    # python -2.7
    # python 2.7
    # python2
    # python -2
    # python 2
    # py2.7
    # py -2.7
    # py 2.7
    # py2
    # py -2
    # py 2
    # ================================
# we are using pip to install the dependences
# because for me i start the python version 3.7 with the following line 
    # py -3.7
# open the CMD in windows machine and type the following line:
    # py -3.7 -m pip install pillow
# 4. Install the  pytesseract and tesseract for your python version
# * the best way for me is to install is this form(i'am using python3.7 version and in my CMD i run this version of python by     typing py -3.7):
# we are using pip to install the dependences
# open the CMD in windows machine and type the following lines:
    # py -3.7 -m pip install pytesseract
    # py -3.7 -m pip install tesseract

from PIL import Image
import pytesseract
import os
import getpass

def extract_text_from_image(image_file_name_arg):

    # if you have followed my instructions to install this dependence in above text explanatin
    # for my machine is
    # if you don't put the right path for tesseract.exe the script will not work
    username = getpass.getuser()
    # here above line get the username for your machine automatically

# specify the direction of your image files manually or use line bellow if the images are in the script directory in     folder  images
    # image_dir="D:\\GIT\\ai_example\\extract_text_from_image\\images"
    # if your image are in different format change the extension(ex. ".png")

    print("image used is in the following path dir:")
    text=pytesseract.image_to_string(img, lang="eng")

# change the name "image_1" whith the name without extension for your image name
# image_file_name_arg="image_1"
# image_file_name_arg="image_3"
# image_file_name_arg="image_4"
# image_file_name_arg="image_5"

# ==================================
# e-mail: [email protected]
# git-link for script:
# ==================================

Solution 24 - Python

For Ubuntu 18.04

If you are getting an error like

 tesseract is not installed or it's not in your path
 OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory

That might be and issue with the swap memory allocation issue

You can check this answer allocating more swap memory Hope that helps :)

Solution 25 - Python

There are already many nice answers to this problem but I would like to share a wonderful site that I came across when I couldnt solve the 'TesseractNotFound Error: tesseract is not installed or it's not in your path” Please refer this site:

I realised that I got this error because I installed pytesseract with pip but forget to install the binary. You are probably missing tesseract-ocr from your machine. Check the installation instructions here:

On a Mac, you can just install using homebrew:

brew install tesseract

It should run fine after that!

Under Windows 10 OS environment, the following method works for me:

  1. Go to this link and Download tesseract and install it. Windows version is available here:

  2. Find script file from C:\Users\User\Anaconda3\Lib\site-packages\pytesseract and open it. Change the following code from tesseract_cmd = 'tesseract' to: tesseract_cmd = 'C:/Program Files (x86)/Tesseract-OCR/tesseract.exe' (This is the path where you install Tesseract-OCR so please check where you install it and accordingly update the path)

  3. You may also need to add environment variable C:/Program Files (x86)/Tesseract-OCR/

Hope it works for you!

Solution 26 - Python

Solution for UBUNTU Worked for me:

Installed tesseract in ubuntu by following below link

Later added traindata language to tessdata by following below link

Solution 27 - Python

There looks to be an issue with the latest version of the pip module pytesseract=0.3.7. I have downgraded it to pytesseract=0.3.6 and don't see the error.

Solution 28 - Python

The above tips did not help me fix the problem, because the error specified in the section occurred when installing pytesseract (pycharm, python 2.7). The oddity was also that tesseract worked from the command line, so the installation was done correctly.

I was able to fix this problem by following these steps:

  1. download from the vault
  2. remove all syntax errors related to the difference in the interpreters (2.7 and 3.*), including the try catch methods
  3. import the edited script into your program as a self-written one and configure the tesseract_cmd variable according to the recommendations in the repository.

Subsequently, the image-to-text translation function worked in python 2.7

Solution 29 - Python

I aleady tried this one on my raspberry pi. I just changed the path from this:

C:/Program Files/Tesseract-OCR/tesseract.exe'

(Since, it is for windows) To this:


Since, it is the path I see whenever I try to run this command:

pip3 show pytesseract

For better clarity here's the message. Command line here

Solution 30 - Python

I am also facing an same error while installing tesseract in windows.

Based my recent problem solving i am following thsese below steps

  1. Install tesseract using windows installer available in the gievn link:

  2. Note the tesseract path from the installation. Default installation path at the time of this edit was: C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Tesseract-OCR. It may change so please check the installation path.

After installations, still it is showing error or not installing error you are facing then press windows + R keys and run your file path (C:\Program Files\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe) it wil work for me,

3. pip install pytesseract

using command promt

  1. Set the tesseract path in the script before calling ```image_to_string:``

  2. For windows file path -

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd=r'C:\Program Files(x86)\Tesseract-OCR\tesseract.exe'
  1. For installing opencv please - refer this question link

  2. For linux installations

$ sudo apt install tesseract-ocr
$ sudo apt install libtesseract-dev

$ tesseract --version

2.After running this command, you should something like this:

tesseract 4.0.0-beta.1 

3.Once your tesseract installation is successful, you can run the following command to check

$ tesseract --list-langs

4.You can expect the following output:

List of available languages (2):

5.linux file path was given below

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = r'home/user/bin/tesseract'

Solution 31 - Python

pytesseract.pytesseract.tesseract_cmd = 'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Tesseract-OCR\\tesseract.exe'

this helped in my case


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