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Unlock historical documents with AI

Transkribus is an AI-powered platform for text recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents – from any place, any time, and in any language. 

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What is Transkribus?

Transkribus is an AI platform that supports your work with historical documents. Transkribus enables you to automatically recognise text, layout, and structure in your documents with the power of AI. For this, you can train your own AI models that fit your specific documents. Transkribus also lets you enrich your material with metadata, you can collaborate with others, and searching your material is made easy too.

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Recognize, transcribe and search historical documents with the power of AI

Train your own AI text recognition models

Train specific text recognition models that are capable of recognising millions of handwritten, typewritten or printed documents.

Recognize layout, structure and text

Leverage AI-powered handwritten text recognition, layout analysis and structure recognition.

Transcribe any kind of writing

Use the transcription editor to manually transcribe historical documents or work with the AI-powered recognition by using public AI models or ones that you can train on your own.

Search documents with advanced options

Search your documents with advanced search options such as the keyword spotting tool.

Collaborate on documents

.Work together on your documents, organize them in collections and benefit from each other’s work

Share and export your work

Share your work with anyone with a read&search website or export your documents as PDF or ALTO (XML).

The safety of your documents is our top priority

All Transkribus content, i.e. your uploaded images, recognised text, trained recognition models, and entered metadata are hosted within the EU and we abide by the GDPR.

Run by a cooperative with 135+ co-owners

Where Transkribus is used


Use Transkribus to transcribe historical documents. Transcriptions can be done in a highly standardized, flexible and reliable way.  

Archives & Libraries

With cutting edge handwritten text recognition technology, large collections of archival material can easily be made accessible.


Genealogy & Citizen Science

Decipher and search old handwriting (e.g. Kurrent or Sütterlin) from historical letters, manuscripts or old documents.



Leverage AI for layout analysis and document understanding and work  with large amounts of documents (historical but also printed ones).


The support of future scholars is one of our core values. Therefore, we offer the Transkribus studentship programme.


Transkribus is great for your pipeline if your are a scientist from computer vision, document analysis, pattern recognition, natural language processing or a related field.

Want to host a Transkribus Workshop?

We offer Transkribus workshops that exactly meet your needs

The roots of Transkribus

Transkribus was developed by the University of Innsbruck in cooperation with leading research groups from all over Europe as part of the Horizon 2020 EU research project READ. Due to the high level of international acclaim, the work on the Transkribus ecosystem is now being continued within the framework of a European Cooperative Society (SCE). Read more on our about us page.


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