Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software

Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software

Copy, paste and translate text from any image, video or PDF.

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What is Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software?

Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software is a popular Chrome extension by This extension has 590,372 weekly active users, an average user rating of 3.99, and is most similar to Project Naptha and OCR - Image Reader. The latest version, 6.0.9, was updated 10 months ago.

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Version: 6.0.9 (Last updated: 2022-08-11)
Creation date: 2020-05-26
Manifest version: 3
  • contextMenus
  • activeTab
  • scripting
  • storage
  • notifications
  • nativeMessaging
  • clipboardRead
  • commands
Size: 239.62K
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood

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Copyfish - Free OCR Software
Copyfish - Free OCR Software (v6.0.9)
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Do you need to extract text from images, videos or PDF? If yes, then the Copyfish  Screenshot Reader is for you. Copyfish turns text within any image captured from your screen into an editable format without retyping – making it easy to reuse in digital documents, emails or reports.

Common reasons to extract text from images are to google it, store it, email it or translate it. Until now, your only option was to retype the text. Copyfish is soooo much faster and more fun.

“Images” come in many forms: photographs, charts, diagrams, screenshots, PDF documents, comics, error messages, memes, Flash – and Youtube movies.

You can verify the results in one glance with the extracted text overlay.

Do you need to switch between OCR languages often? You can define "Quick Switch" buttons for up to three languages on the settings page.

For language learners: There are many translator addons available, but they only work with plain website text. Text inside images, in tricky Javascript/AJAX or, especially, in movie subtitles on Youtube or Youku is unreachable for them. But not for Copyfish. And if you want, Copyfish also translates the text for you. Especially for the subtitle translation use case, Copyfish has a repeat feature. Mark the area of the subtitle once and then use the "Do OCR" button to grab the latest text from the movie screen.

For extension gurus: You might have heard of Project Naptha, a great addon that applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. Copyfish solves the same problem, but it takes a different user interface approach. It does not try to alter the website. Instead, it lets you mark the text in the image you want to extract. As a result Copyfish works with every website, even videos and PDF documents.

For developers: Copyfish is published under the GPL open-source license. As OCR software, it uses the free OCR API from .
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These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Gets the job done
  • Simple and effective
  • Great help
  • Works fine
  • Useful for language learning
  • Works well for reading Japanese
  • Poor UX
  • Feels spammy and buggy
  • Incorrect OCR for some images
  • Formatting issues when copying to document
  • Sometimes slow depending on internet network
  • Conversion doesn't always work on first attempt
Most mentioned
  • Gets the job done
  • Simple and effective
  • Poor UX
  • Useful for language learning
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Risk impact

Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software requires some risky permissions and may not be safe to use. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing.

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Risk likelihood

Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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