Is there and app (preferably for Android or Linux) that would support receipt OCR, so I could just take photos of receipts after shopping? (preferably with option to collaborate with other people, like for team or home spending?)

I imagine following workflow:

  • make photo of receipt
  • Main requirement : it's automatically OCR into list of bought items and their price (list of items on receipt! not just total price!)
  • I can edit / fix receipt (in case of mistakes by OCR)
  • preferably program learns how same things are called on receipts from different shops
  • later I can analyze aggregates (from week, month) (and preferably export)
  • collaboration functionality highly welcome (imagine team, when people add their spending, or a couple running their household)

This video a kind of represents the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDxsedCh8Ig

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    We will need much more information to give good recommendations here. Please take a look at What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? Then please edit your question and see if you can incorporate some of these improvements. Especially make clear what your requirements are (must-haves and nice-to-haves). For Android, there are several budget apps working in a comparable way (scan+OCR); not sure about sharing, though.
    – Izzy
    May 18, 2014 at 13:42
  • What language? OCR for Polish is quite different from OCR for Japanese.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    May 19, 2014 at 6:40
  • @NicolasRaoul Preferably: German, English, Polish, French, Italian - same alphabet :) May 19, 2014 at 8:22
  • @GrzegorzWierzowiecki: Good OCR uses a grammar/dictionary to guess words better. For instance Najwjększym would get fixed to Największym automatically.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    May 20, 2014 at 3:36
  • @NicolasRaoul That's why I look for OCR+receipt which will adopt to words which will see on receipts, allowibg me to type and correct to provide it feedvack for self-learning/improving recognition (collecting training samples). Btw. good OCR is capable to select dictionary for each scan or even guess which is most appropriate. May 20, 2014 at 10:25

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  • OCR understanding receipts
  • Offline OCR!
  • low privileges requirement
  • Export options (Dropbox, Google Docs)


  • Can not supply photo from gallery (have to make new each time)
  • Couldn't figure out how to add all things from receipt at once, instead of one thing with every photo
  • A part from this , a kind of simple app.


  • If your needs are simple, and you just don't want to type receipts, this might be for you!
  • UI feels cranky and I had problem to force this app to consume even simple receipts with fee items

Receipts by Wave
Wave HQ - January 3, 2014 Finance


  • OCR of Receipts!
  • Nice UI
  • Exporting to Google Drive, Dropbox...
  • separate private and business accounting in same app


  • require more privileges that such app might need to require...
  • need to make an account with them to try OCR as it has to send photo and they do OCR remotely
  • ONLY consumes total amount of whole receipt! I haven't figure out how to make it turn receipt into list of items.


  • fancy but very simple after all - for each receipt just name of shop and total amount, I was expecting list of items...
  • Therefore, for my requirement of list of items - this app is useless. However, If you are fine with just totals of receipts, it's good app to go.

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