Download and Installation


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with the full power of the Transkribus platform: digitisation, AI-powered recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents. Transkribus can be trained to recognize exactly the documents you are interested in. You can also use Transkribus in your browser with Transkribus lite

Here you can find a more detailed guide

Transkribus is platform independent and will run on Windows, Mac and Linux.

To download Transkribus you need to
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1. Unzip ZIP File

After download you will see a ZIP File in the download directory of your computer. Unzip the file before you try to start Transkribus.

2. Run Transkribus 

Open the Transkribus directory. There you will find the executable files for your operating system. Start Transkribus from your user interface via doubleclick:

  • Windows: Transkribus.bat or use Transkribus.exe
  • Mac OS – Apple: Transkribus.command
  • Linux:

3. About Java

Transkribus is written in Java. You need a Java JDK version 11 or higher installed on your computer for Transkribus to work.

We recommend installing the latest JDK from here.

If you need to check your Java version, read more here.

4. Notes for first launch

On Windows

    • If you do not have “Administrator” rights, Windows will produce a warning message, such as: Your Computer is Protected by Windows”, etc.
    • Do not confirm, but go to “More Information”. There you can agree that this is not malware and that you want to run Transkribus on your computer.

On Linux

    • If the OS is (or is based on) Ubuntu 17.04, installing libwebkit is necessary:

sudo apt install libwebkitgtk-1.0-0


    • Use Transkribus.command (double click) to open the application
    • If you run the program the first time, it may not start because it is a non-signed application (“… can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” message)
    • In this case, right-click (or control-click) the application and choose “Open”. In the appearing dialog box, click “Open” again!
    • Or right click the Track Pad to open the Context Menu and add a security exception for Transkribus.