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Azure Form Recognizer

Accelerate information extraction from documents.

Quickly extract text and structure from documents

Form Recognizer is an AI service that applies advanced machine learning to extract text, key-value pairs, tables, and structures from documents automatically and accurately. Turn documents into usable data and shift your focus to acting on information rather than compiling it. Start with prebuilt models or create custom models tailored to your documents both on premises and in the cloud with the Form Recognizer studio or SDK.

Simple text extraction

Easily pull data and organize information with prebuilt and custom features—no manual labeling required.

Customized results

Get output tailored to your layouts with automatic custom extraction and improve it with human feedback.

Flexible deployment

Ingest data from the cloud or at the edge and apply to search indexes, business automation workflows, and more.

Built-in security

Rely on enterprise-grade security and privacy applied to both your data and any trained models.

Use AI to Build Document Processing Workflows

Learn how to accelerate your business processes by automating text extraction with Form Recognizer. This webinar features hands-on demos for key use cases such as document processing, knowledge mining, and industry-specific AI model customization.
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Easily extract text and structure with simple REST API

Accurately extract text, key-value pairs, and tables from documents, forms, receipts, invoices, and cards of various types without manual labeling by document type, intensive coding, or maintenance. Use Form Recognizer custom forms, prebuilt, and layout APIs to extract information from your documents in an organized manner.

Document analysis

Detects and extracts text and layout of documents, like tables, check boxes, and objects.
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Prebuilt

These are pretrained models for common scenarios such as IDs, receipts, and invoices, that extract text, key-value pairs, and line items from documents.
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Custom

This custom form service lets you train on your own data to learn the structure of your documents in an intelligent way.
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Customize text extraction to your forms

When you're working with documents that deviate from traditional formats, like industry-specific materials, you often need to build your own solution. The custom extraction capabilities in Form Recognizer help you overcome this challenge by training on your own data based on just five documents. Not only is the first output more reliable and tailored to your needs, but it also allows you to provide human input to create a highly accurate model customized to your forms.

Apply Form Recognizer anywhere, in the cloud or at the edge

Recognize forms at the edge, on-premises, and in the cloud with container support in Azure Applied AI Services. The portable architecture can be deployed directly to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) or Azure Container Instances, or to a Kubernetes cluster deployed to Azure Stack. Use the REST interface of the Form Recognizer API to then integrate into Azure Applied AI search indexes, automate business processes, and create custom workflows for your business.
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  • Analyze forms and documents

    Make data-driven decisions by extracting data from documents and putting it into your data visualization service for analysis.

  • Create intelligent search indexes

    Easily find specific information in your documents and forms, such as total accounts payable, by integrating Form Recognizer with Azure Applied AI Search.

  • Automate business workflows

    Extract text, key-value pairs, tables, and structures from documents, and pipe them into your back-end systems to perform tasks such as claim, invoice, and receipt processing.

Fuel App Innovation with Cloud AI Services

Learn five key ways your organization can get started with AI to realize value quickly.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

  • Microsoft invests more than $1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are dedicated to data security and privacy.

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  • Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.

  • Process documents cost-effectively

    Choose from free and standard pricing options to extract valuable information from documents at a fraction of the price of manual extraction.

Get started with an Azure free account

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Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.

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After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.

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After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

Customers and partners using Form Recognizer

Automating invoice and contract processes

EY is helping clients extract data from contracts and invoices using Form Recognizer while saving hundreds of thousands of hours of manual work.

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Simplifying patient onboarding

HCA Healthcare uses Form Recognizer to simplify and improve the patient onboarding experience, and to cut down on administrative time spent entering repetitive data into the care center's system.

HCA Healthcare

Accelerating time to insight

Chevron uses Form Recognizer with UiPath's robotic process automation platform to automate the extraction of unstructured data, enabling employees to focus their time on high-value analysis.

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Delivering a five-star loyalty experience

Emaar uses Form Recognizer to scan receipts and reward loyalty program members, differentiating their customer experience and reducing their month-on-month processing costs by more than 50 percent.

Emaar

Saving time on every transaction

Standard Bank of South Africa uses Form Recognizer to automate processing for complex cross-border transactions, improving customer service while significantly reducing turnaround time and operating expenses.

Standard Bank of South Africa
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Documentation and resources

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Frequently asked questions about Form Recognizer

  • Check Azure Form Recognizer availability.

  • It supports printed and handwritten forms, PDFs, and images.

  • Azure Form Recognizer supports multiple languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. See full list here.

  • The custom option uses five samples to learn the structure of your documents and intelligently extract text and data tailored to them. The prebuilt option doesn't use samples—the model has already been trained and is ready to use off the shelf to extract key fields from specific document types.

  • Layout extracts text using high-definition optical character recognition (OCR) tailored for documents. It also extracts the structures of tables (row and column numbers), selection marks and more.

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