Where AI meets historical documents

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is a comprehensive platform for the digitisation, AI-powered text recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents – from any place, any time, and in any language. 

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Transkribus Lite

Transkribus Lite is the browser version of Transkribus.
Automatically transcribe, comfortably edit, and easily collaborate on historical documents. And with Transkribus Lite you can train your own AI models. In your browser.

Transkribus eXpert

The Expert Client is the standalone version of Transkribus with the full power of the Transkribus platform: digitisation, AI-powered recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents

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Recognize, transcribe and search historical documents with the power of AI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Use the transcription editor to manually transcribe historical documents or work with the AI-powered recognition by using public AI models or ones that you can train on your own.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

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Members of READ-COOP SCE

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Use Transkribus to transcribe historical documents.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.


Training, layout analysis, using Transkribus for manually transcribing, etc. – i.e., everything but text recognition proper is free of charge. Yet, you can also use  the Transkribus text recognition feature for free, as you get 500 free credits (i.e. about 500 pages) upon signup.

Your purchases will enable us to keep Transkribus alive into the future and keep this wonderful community going. Everything you need to know about buying credits you can find here.


Signing up is completely free
  • 500 Free credits on signup
  • Model Training
  • Layout Analysis
  • Manual Transcription


Handwritten Text Recognition
  • Process larger amounts
  • On-demand or subscription
  • Credits can be shared
  • You support the platform

Upcoming Transkribus-Events

January 31
Hosted by READ-COOP

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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Make your historical documents accessible