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Initializes tesseract.

Component Version macOS Windows Server FileMaker Cloud FileMaker iOS SDK
OCR 2.9 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

MBS( "OCR.Initialize"; Path; Lang )


Parameter Description Example value
Path The path to the folder where to find tessdata folder. $path
Lang The language to use. "eng"


Returns OK on success.


Initializes tesseract.
Pass path to parent folder of tessdata folder and language you need.
The language is (usually) an ISO 639-3 string.
To use multiple languages, please concat them with plus sign: e.g. "eng+deu"

You find our language files archive here:

This function requires a native path. Use Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath to convert a FileMaker path to a native path if required. If you like to have the user choose the path, you can use FileDialog functions.
For Server be aware that server has limited permissions and may not be able to access all files on a computer.


Initialize with tessdata folder in same folder as database for english:

set variable $databasePath to Get(FilePath)
set variable $databasePath to MBS("Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath"; $databasePath)
set variable $databasePath to Substitute ( $databasePath ; ".fp7" ; ".fmp12")
set variable $databaseName to Get(FileName) & ".fmp12"
set variable $path to Substitute ( $databasePath ; $databaseName ; "" )
set variable $r to MBS( "OCR.Initialize"; $path; "eng")

Initialize on Server with tessdata in Server folder:

MBS( "OCR.Initialize"; "/Library/FileMaker Server/"; "eng")

Initialize on demand:

If [MBS("OCR.IsInitialized") ≠ 1]
    Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "OCR.Initialize"; "/Library/FileMaker Server/"; "eng")]
End If

See also

Example Databases

OCR.GetVariable   -   OCR.IsInitialized

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