Recognize Text in Images with ML Kit on Android

You can use ML Kit to recognize text in images. ML Kit has both a general-purpose API suitable for recognizing text in images, such as the text of a street sign, and an API optimized for recognizing the text of documents. The general-purpose API has both on-device and cloud-based models. Document text recognition is available only as a cloud-based model. See the overview for a comparison of the cloud and on-device models.

See the ML Kit quickstart sample on GitHub for an example of this API in use, or try the codelab.

Before you begin

  1. If you have not already added Firebase to your app, do so by following the steps in the getting started guide.
  2. Include the dependencies for ML Kit in your app-level build.gradle file:
    dependencies {
      // ...
    
      implementation 'com.google.firebase:firebase-ml-vision:18.0.2'
    }
    
  3. Optional but recommended: If you use the on-device API, configure your app to automatically download the ML model to the device after your app is installed from the Play Store.

    To do so, add the following declaration to your app's AndroidManifest.xml file:

    <application ...>
      ...
      <meta-data
          android:name="com.google.firebase.ml.vision.DEPENDENCIES"
          android:value="ocr" />
      <!-- To use multiple models: android:value="ocr,model2,model3" -->
    </application>
    
    If you do not enable install-time model downloads, the model will be downloaded the first time you run the on-device detector. Requests you make before the download has completed will produce no results.
  4. If you want to use the Cloud-based model, and you have not already enabled the Cloud-based APIs for your project, do so now:

    1. Open the ML Kit APIs page of the Firebase console.
    2. If you have not already upgraded your project to a Blaze plan, click Upgrade to do so. (You will be prompted to upgrade only if your project isn't on the Blaze plan.)

      Only Blaze-level projects can use Cloud-based APIs.

    3. If Cloud-based APIs aren't already enabled, click Enable Cloud-based APIs.

    If you want to use only the on-device model, you can skip this step.

Now you are ready to start recognizing text in images.

Input image guidelines

  • For ML Kit to accurately recognize text, input images must contain text that is represented by sufficient pixel data. Ideally, for Latin text, each character should be at least 16x16 pixels. For Chinese, Japanese, and Korean text (only supported by the cloud-based APIs), each character should be 24x24 pixels. For all languages, there is generally no accuracy benefit for characters to be larger than 24x24 pixels.

    So, for example, a 640x480 image might work well to scan a business card that occupies the full width of the image. To scan a document printed on letter-sized paper, a 720x1280 pixel image might be required.

  • Poor image focus can hurt text recognition accuracy. If you aren't getting acceptable results, try asking the user to recapture the image.

  • If you are recognizing text in a real-time application, you might also want to consider the overall dimensions of the input images. Smaller images can be processed faster, so to reduce latency, capture images at lower resolutions (keeping in mind the above accuracy requirements) and ensure that the text occupies as much of the image as possible. Also see Tips to improve real-time performance.


Recognize text in images

To recognize text in an image using either an on-device or cloud-based model, run the text recognizer as described below.

1. Run the text recognizer

To recognize text in an image, create a FirebaseVisionImage object from either a Bitmap, media.Image, ByteBuffer, byte array, or a file on the device. Then, pass the FirebaseVisionImage object to the FirebaseVisionTextRecognizer's processImage method.

  1. Create a FirebaseVisionImage object from your image.

    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a Bitmap object:

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromBitmap(bitmap);

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromBitmap(bitmap)
      The image represented by the Bitmap object must be upright, with no additional rotation required.
    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a media.Image object, such as when capturing an image from a device's camera, first determine the angle the image must be rotated to compensate for both the device's rotation and the orientation of camera sensor in the device:

      Java
      Android

      private static final SparseIntArray ORIENTATIONS = new SparseIntArray();
      static {
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_0, 90);
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_90, 0);
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_180, 270);
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_270, 180);
      }
      
      /**
       * Get the angle by which an image must be rotated given the device's current
       * orientation.
       */
      @RequiresApi(api = Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP)
      private int getRotationCompensation(String cameraId, Activity activity, Context context)
              throws CameraAccessException {
          // Get the device's current rotation relative to its "native" orientation.
          // Then, from the ORIENTATIONS table, look up the angle the image must be
          // rotated to compensate for the device's rotation.
          int deviceRotation = activity.getWindowManager().getDefaultDisplay().getRotation();
          int rotationCompensation = ORIENTATIONS.get(deviceRotation);
      
          // On most devices, the sensor orientation is 90 degrees, but for some
          // devices it is 270 degrees. For devices with a sensor orientation of
          // 270, rotate the image an additional 180 ((270 + 270) % 360) degrees.
          CameraManager cameraManager = (CameraManager) context.getSystemService(CAMERA_SERVICE);
          int sensorOrientation = cameraManager
                  .getCameraCharacteristics(cameraId)
                  .get(CameraCharacteristics.SENSOR_ORIENTATION);
          rotationCompensation = (rotationCompensation + sensorOrientation + 270) % 360;
      
          // Return the corresponding FirebaseVisionImageMetadata rotation value.
          int result;
          switch (rotationCompensation) {
              case 0:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0;
                  break;
              case 90:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_90;
                  break;
              case 180:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_180;
                  break;
              case 270:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_270;
                  break;
              default:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0;
                  Log.e(TAG, "Bad rotation value: " + rotationCompensation);
          }
          return result;
      }

      Kotlin
      Android

      private val ORIENTATIONS = SparseIntArray()
      
      init {
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_0, 90)
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_90, 0)
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_180, 270)
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_270, 180)
      }
      /**
       * Get the angle by which an image must be rotated given the device's current
       * orientation.
       */
      @RequiresApi(api = Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP)
      @Throws(CameraAccessException::class)
      private fun getRotationCompensation(cameraId: String, activity: Activity, context: Context): Int {
          // Get the device's current rotation relative to its "native" orientation.
          // Then, from the ORIENTATIONS table, look up the angle the image must be
          // rotated to compensate for the device's rotation.
          val deviceRotation = activity.windowManager.defaultDisplay.rotation
          var rotationCompensation = ORIENTATIONS.get(deviceRotation)
      
          // On most devices, the sensor orientation is 90 degrees, but for some
          // devices it is 270 degrees. For devices with a sensor orientation of
          // 270, rotate the image an additional 180 ((270 + 270) % 360) degrees.
          val cameraManager = context.getSystemService(CAMERA_SERVICE) as CameraManager
          val sensorOrientation = cameraManager
                  .getCameraCharacteristics(cameraId)
                  .get(CameraCharacteristics.SENSOR_ORIENTATION)!!
          rotationCompensation = (rotationCompensation + sensorOrientation + 270) % 360
      
          // Return the corresponding FirebaseVisionImageMetadata rotation value.
          val result: Int
          when (rotationCompensation) {
              0 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0
              90 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_90
              180 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_180
              270 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_270
              else -> {
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0
                  Log.e(TAG, "Bad rotation value: $rotationCompensation")
              }
          }
          return result
      }

      Then, pass the media.Image object and the rotation value to FirebaseVisionImage.fromMediaImage():

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromMediaImage(mediaImage, rotation);

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromMediaImage(mediaImage, rotation)
    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a ByteBuffer or a byte array, first calculate the image rotation as described above.

      Then, create a FirebaseVisionImageMetadata object that contains the image's height, width, color encoding format, and rotation:

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImageMetadata metadata = new FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.Builder()
              .setWidth(480)   // 480x360 is typically sufficient for
              .setHeight(360)  // image recognition
              .setFormat(FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.IMAGE_FORMAT_NV21)
              .setRotation(rotation)
              .build();

      Kotlin
      Android

      val metadata = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.Builder()
              .setWidth(480)   // 480x360 is typically sufficient for
              .setHeight(360)  // image recognition
              .setFormat(FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.IMAGE_FORMAT_NV21)
              .setRotation(rotation)
              .build()

      Use the buffer or array, and the metadata object, to create a FirebaseVisionImage object:

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteBuffer(buffer, metadata);
      // Or: FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteArray(byteArray, metadata);

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteBuffer(buffer, metadata)
      // Or: val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteArray(byteArray, metadata)
    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a file, pass the app context and file URI to FirebaseVisionImage.fromFilePath():

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image;
      try {
          image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromFilePath(context, uri);
      } catch (IOException e) {
          e.printStackTrace();
      }

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image: FirebaseVisionImage
      try {
          image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromFilePath(context, uri)
      } catch (e: IOException) {
          e.printStackTrace()
      }

  2. Get an instance of FirebaseVisionTextRecognizer.

    To use the on-device model:

    Java
    Android

    FirebaseVisionTextRecognizer detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .getOnDeviceTextRecognizer();

    Kotlin
    Android

    val detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .onDeviceTextRecognizer

    To use the cloud-based model:

    Java
    Android

    FirebaseVisionTextRecognizer detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .getCloudTextRecognizer();
    // Or, to change the default settings:
    //   FirebaseVisionTextRecognizer detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
    //          .getCloudTextRecognizer(options);
    // Or, to provide language hints to assist with language detection:
    // See https://cloud.google.com/vision/docs/languages for supported languages
    FirebaseVisionCloudTextRecognizerOptions options = new FirebaseVisionCloudTextRecognizerOptions.Builder()
            .setLanguageHints(Arrays.asList("en", "hi"))
            .build();
    

    Kotlin
    Android

    val detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance().cloudTextRecognizer
    // Or, to change the default settings:
    // val detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance().getCloudTextRecognizer(options)
    // Or, to provide language hints to assist with language detection:
    // See https://cloud.google.com/vision/docs/languages for supported languages
    val options = FirebaseVisionCloudTextRecognizerOptions.Builder()
            .setLanguageHints(Arrays.asList("en", "hi"))
            .build()
    
  3. Finally, pass the image to the processImage method:

    Java
    Android

    Task<FirebaseVisionText> result =
            detector.processImage(image)
                    .addOnSuccessListener(new OnSuccessListener<FirebaseVisionText>() {
                        @Override
                        public void onSuccess(FirebaseVisionText firebaseVisionText) {
                            // Task completed successfully
                            // ...
                        }
                    })
                    .addOnFailureListener(
                            new OnFailureListener() {
                                @Override
                                public void onFailure(@NonNull Exception e) {
                                    // Task failed with an exception
                                    // ...
                                }
                            });

    Kotlin
    Android

    val result = detector.processImage(image)
            .addOnSuccessListener { firebaseVisionText ->
                // Task completed successfully
                // ...
            }
            .addOnFailureListener {
                // Task failed with an exception
                // ...
            }

2. Extract text from blocks of recognized text

If the text recognition operation succeeds, a FirebaseVisionText object will be passed to the success listener. A FirebaseVisionText object contains the full text recognized in the image and zero or more TextBlock objects.

Each TextBlock represents a rectangular block of text, which contains zero or more Line objects. Each Line object contains zero or more Element objects, which represent words and word-like entities (dates, numbers, and so on).

For each TextBlock, Line, and Element object, you can get the text recognized in the region and the bounding coordinates of the region.

For example:

Java
Android

String resultText = result.getText();
for (FirebaseVisionText.TextBlock block: result.getTextBlocks()) {
    String blockText = block.getText();
    Float blockConfidence = block.getConfidence();
    List<RecognizedLanguage> blockLanguages = block.getRecognizedLanguages();
    Point[] blockCornerPoints = block.getCornerPoints();
    Rect blockFrame = block.getBoundingBox();
    for (FirebaseVisionText.Line line: block.getLines()) {
        String lineText = line.getText();
        Float lineConfidence = line.getConfidence();
        List<RecognizedLanguage> lineLanguages = line.getRecognizedLanguages();
        Point[] lineCornerPoints = line.getCornerPoints();
        Rect lineFrame = line.getBoundingBox();
        for (FirebaseVisionText.Element element: line.getElements()) {
            String elementText = element.getText();
            Float elementConfidence = element.getConfidence();
            List<RecognizedLanguage> elementLanguages = element.getRecognizedLanguages();
            Point[] elementCornerPoints = element.getCornerPoints();
            Rect elementFrame = element.getBoundingBox();
        }
    }
}

Kotlin
Android

val resultText = result.text
for (block in result.textBlocks) {
    val blockText = block.text
    val blockConfidence = block.confidence
    val blockLanguages = block.recognizedLanguages
    val blockCornerPoints = block.cornerPoints
    val blockFrame = block.boundingBox
    for (line in block.lines) {
        val lineText = line.text
        val lineConfidence = line.confidence
        val lineLanguages = line.recognizedLanguages
        val lineCornerPoints = line.cornerPoints
        val lineFrame = line.boundingBox
        for (element in line.elements) {
            val elementText = element.text
            val elementConfidence = element.confidence
            val elementLanguages = element.recognizedLanguages
            val elementCornerPoints = element.cornerPoints
            val elementFrame = element.boundingBox
        }
    }
}

Tips to improve real-time performance

If you want use the on-device model to recognize text in a real-time application, follow these guidelines to achieve the best framerates:

  • Throttle calls to the text recognizer. If a new video frame becomes available while the text recognizer is running, drop the frame.
  • If you are using the output of the text recognizer to overlay graphics on the input image, first get the result from ML Kit, then render the image and overlay in a single step. By doing so, you render to the display surface only once for each input frame. See the CameraSourcePreview and GraphicOverlay classes in the quickstart sample app for an example.
  • If you use the Camera2 API, capture images in ImageFormat.YUV_420_888 format.

    If you use the older Camera API, capture images in ImageFormat.NV21 format.

  • Consider capturing images at a lower resolution. However, also keep in mind this API's image dimension requirements.

Recognize text in images of documents

To recognize the text of a document, configure and run the cloud-based document text recognizer as described below.

The document text recognition API, described below, provides an interface that is intended to be more convenient for working with images of documents. However, if you prefer the interface provided by the FirebaseVisionTextRecognizer API, you can use it instead to scan documents by configuring the cloud text recognizer to use the dense text model.

To use the document text recognition API:

1. Run the text recognizer

To recognize text in an image, create a FirebaseVisionImage object from either a Bitmap, media.Image, ByteBuffer, byte array, or a file on the device. Then, pass the FirebaseVisionImage object to the FirebaseVisionDocumentTextRecognizer's processImage method.

  1. Create a FirebaseVisionImage object from your image.

    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a Bitmap object:

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromBitmap(bitmap);

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromBitmap(bitmap)
      The image represented by the Bitmap object must be upright, with no additional rotation required.
    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a media.Image object, such as when capturing an image from a device's camera, first determine the angle the image must be rotated to compensate for both the device's rotation and the orientation of camera sensor in the device:

      Java
      Android

      private static final SparseIntArray ORIENTATIONS = new SparseIntArray();
      static {
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_0, 90);
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_90, 0);
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_180, 270);
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_270, 180);
      }
      
      /**
       * Get the angle by which an image must be rotated given the device's current
       * orientation.
       */
      @RequiresApi(api = Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP)
      private int getRotationCompensation(String cameraId, Activity activity, Context context)
              throws CameraAccessException {
          // Get the device's current rotation relative to its "native" orientation.
          // Then, from the ORIENTATIONS table, look up the angle the image must be
          // rotated to compensate for the device's rotation.
          int deviceRotation = activity.getWindowManager().getDefaultDisplay().getRotation();
          int rotationCompensation = ORIENTATIONS.get(deviceRotation);
      
          // On most devices, the sensor orientation is 90 degrees, but for some
          // devices it is 270 degrees. For devices with a sensor orientation of
          // 270, rotate the image an additional 180 ((270 + 270) % 360) degrees.
          CameraManager cameraManager = (CameraManager) context.getSystemService(CAMERA_SERVICE);
          int sensorOrientation = cameraManager
                  .getCameraCharacteristics(cameraId)
                  .get(CameraCharacteristics.SENSOR_ORIENTATION);
          rotationCompensation = (rotationCompensation + sensorOrientation + 270) % 360;
      
          // Return the corresponding FirebaseVisionImageMetadata rotation value.
          int result;
          switch (rotationCompensation) {
              case 0:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0;
                  break;
              case 90:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_90;
                  break;
              case 180:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_180;
                  break;
              case 270:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_270;
                  break;
              default:
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0;
                  Log.e(TAG, "Bad rotation value: " + rotationCompensation);
          }
          return result;
      }

      Kotlin
      Android

      private val ORIENTATIONS = SparseIntArray()
      
      init {
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_0, 90)
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_90, 0)
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_180, 270)
          ORIENTATIONS.append(Surface.ROTATION_270, 180)
      }
      /**
       * Get the angle by which an image must be rotated given the device's current
       * orientation.
       */
      @RequiresApi(api = Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP)
      @Throws(CameraAccessException::class)
      private fun getRotationCompensation(cameraId: String, activity: Activity, context: Context): Int {
          // Get the device's current rotation relative to its "native" orientation.
          // Then, from the ORIENTATIONS table, look up the angle the image must be
          // rotated to compensate for the device's rotation.
          val deviceRotation = activity.windowManager.defaultDisplay.rotation
          var rotationCompensation = ORIENTATIONS.get(deviceRotation)
      
          // On most devices, the sensor orientation is 90 degrees, but for some
          // devices it is 270 degrees. For devices with a sensor orientation of
          // 270, rotate the image an additional 180 ((270 + 270) % 360) degrees.
          val cameraManager = context.getSystemService(CAMERA_SERVICE) as CameraManager
          val sensorOrientation = cameraManager
                  .getCameraCharacteristics(cameraId)
                  .get(CameraCharacteristics.SENSOR_ORIENTATION)!!
          rotationCompensation = (rotationCompensation + sensorOrientation + 270) % 360
      
          // Return the corresponding FirebaseVisionImageMetadata rotation value.
          val result: Int
          when (rotationCompensation) {
              0 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0
              90 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_90
              180 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_180
              270 -> result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_270
              else -> {
                  result = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.ROTATION_0
                  Log.e(TAG, "Bad rotation value: $rotationCompensation")
              }
          }
          return result
      }

      Then, pass the media.Image object and the rotation value to FirebaseVisionImage.fromMediaImage():

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromMediaImage(mediaImage, rotation);

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromMediaImage(mediaImage, rotation)
    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a ByteBuffer or a byte array, first calculate the image rotation as described above.

      Then, create a FirebaseVisionImageMetadata object that contains the image's height, width, color encoding format, and rotation:

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImageMetadata metadata = new FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.Builder()
              .setWidth(480)   // 480x360 is typically sufficient for
              .setHeight(360)  // image recognition
              .setFormat(FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.IMAGE_FORMAT_NV21)
              .setRotation(rotation)
              .build();

      Kotlin
      Android

      val metadata = FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.Builder()
              .setWidth(480)   // 480x360 is typically sufficient for
              .setHeight(360)  // image recognition
              .setFormat(FirebaseVisionImageMetadata.IMAGE_FORMAT_NV21)
              .setRotation(rotation)
              .build()

      Use the buffer or array, and the metadata object, to create a FirebaseVisionImage object:

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteBuffer(buffer, metadata);
      // Or: FirebaseVisionImage image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteArray(byteArray, metadata);

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteBuffer(buffer, metadata)
      // Or: val image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromByteArray(byteArray, metadata)
    • To create a FirebaseVisionImage object from a file, pass the app context and file URI to FirebaseVisionImage.fromFilePath():

      Java
      Android

      FirebaseVisionImage image;
      try {
          image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromFilePath(context, uri);
      } catch (IOException e) {
          e.printStackTrace();
      }

      Kotlin
      Android

      val image: FirebaseVisionImage
      try {
          image = FirebaseVisionImage.fromFilePath(context, uri)
      } catch (e: IOException) {
          e.printStackTrace()
      }

  2. Get an instance of FirebaseVisionDocumentTextRecognizer:

    Java
    Android

    FirebaseVisionDocumentTextRecognizer detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .getCloudDocumentTextRecognizer();
    // Or, to provide language hints to assist with language detection:
    // See https://cloud.google.com/vision/docs/languages for supported languages
    FirebaseVisionCloudDocumentRecognizerOptions options =
            new FirebaseVisionCloudDocumentRecognizerOptions.Builder()
                    .setLanguageHints(Arrays.asList("en", "hi"))
                    .build();
    FirebaseVisionDocumentTextRecognizer detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .getCloudDocumentTextRecognizer(options);

    Kotlin
    Android

    val detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .cloudDocumentTextRecognizer
    // Or, to provide language hints to assist with language detection:
    // See https://cloud.google.com/vision/docs/languages for supported languages
    val options = FirebaseVisionCloudDocumentRecognizerOptions.Builder()
            .setLanguageHints(Arrays.asList("en", "hi"))
            .build()
    val detector = FirebaseVision.getInstance()
            .getCloudDocumentTextRecognizer(options)

  3. Finally, pass the image to the processImage method:

    Java
    Android

    detector.processImage(myImage)
            .addOnSuccessListener(new OnSuccessListener<FirebaseVisionDocumentText>() {
                @Override
                public void onSuccess(FirebaseVisionDocumentText result) {
                    // Task completed successfully
                    // ...
                }
            })
            .addOnFailureListener(new OnFailureListener() {
                @Override
                public void onFailure(@NonNull Exception e) {
                    // Task failed with an exception
                    // ...
                }
            });

    Kotlin
    Android

    detector.processImage(myImage)
            .addOnSuccessListener {
                // Task completed successfully
                // ...
            }
            .addOnFailureListener {
                // Task failed with an exception
                // ...
            }

2. Extract text from blocks of recognized text

If the text recognition operation succeeds, it will return a FirebaseVisionDocumentText object. A FirebaseVisionDocumentText object contains the full text recognized in the image and a hierarchy of objects that reflect the structure of the recognized document:

For each Block, Paragraph, Word, and Symbol object, you can get the text recognized in the region and the bounding coordinates of the region.

For example:

Java
Android

String resultText = result.getText();
for (FirebaseVisionDocumentText.Block block: result.getBlocks()) {
    String blockText = block.getText();
    Float blockConfidence = block.getConfidence();
    List<RecognizedLanguage> blockRecognizedLanguages = block.getRecognizedLanguages();
    Rect blockFrame = block.getBoundingBox();
    for (FirebaseVisionDocumentText.Paragraph paragraph: block.getParagraphs()) {
        String paragraphText = paragraph.getText();
        Float paragraphConfidence = paragraph.getConfidence();
        List<RecognizedLanguage> paragraphRecognizedLanguages = paragraph.getRecognizedLanguages();
        Rect paragraphFrame = paragraph.getBoundingBox();
        for (FirebaseVisionDocumentText.Word word: paragraph.getWords()) {
            String wordText = word.getText();
            Float wordConfidence = word.getConfidence();
            List<RecognizedLanguage> wordRecognizedLanguages = word.getRecognizedLanguages();
            Rect wordFrame = word.getBoundingBox();
            for (FirebaseVisionDocumentText.Symbol symbol: word.getSymbols()) {
                String symbolText = symbol.getText();
                Float symbolConfidence = symbol.getConfidence();
                List<RecognizedLanguage> symbolRecognizedLanguages = symbol.getRecognizedLanguages();
                Rect symbolFrame = symbol.getBoundingBox();
            }
        }
    }
}

Kotlin
Android

val resultText = result.text
for (block in result.blocks) {
    val blockText = block.text
    val blockConfidence = block.confidence
    val blockRecognizedLanguages = block.recognizedLanguages
    val blockFrame = block.boundingBox
    for (paragraph in block.paragraphs) {
        val paragraphText = paragraph.text
        val paragraphConfidence = paragraph.confidence
        val paragraphRecognizedLanguages = paragraph.recognizedLanguages
        val paragraphFrame = paragraph.boundingBox
        for (word in paragraph.words) {
            val wordText = word.text
            val wordConfidence = word.confidence
            val wordRecognizedLanguages = word.recognizedLanguages
            val wordFrame = word.boundingBox
            for (symbol in word.symbols) {
                val symbolText = symbol.text
                val symbolConfidence = symbol.confidence
                val symbolRecognizedLanguages = symbol.recognizedLanguages
                val symbolFrame = symbol.boundingBox
            }
        }
    }
}

Next steps

Before you deploy to production an app that uses a Cloud API, you should take some additional steps to prevent and mitigate the effect of unauthorized API access.

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