Transkribus is a comprehensive platform for the automated recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents.

Where AI meets historical documents

Transkribus is a comprehensive platform for the digitization, AI-powered text recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents – from any place, any time, and in any language.

With Transkribus Lite you can use Transkribus in your browser. Many of the features from the Transkribus Expert Client can also be used in Transkribus lite. Access all your documents from any browser.

TranskribusLite (v1.3.1) How-To Changelog

Lite version of Transkribus with enhanced usability. To use all features offered by Transkribus please install full version. Download

Manage collections

After you have logged into your account in Transkribus Lite, you will be redirected to the collection overview page. Here you can see and manage all the collections that you have access to. Read more about the management of collections :

Upload images

In the “Upload” tab of the single collection view images as well as PDF files can be uploaded. The default uploader is the image uploader. Images in jpeg or png format can be uploaded with this upload option into a new document. The PDF upload option creates one new document for every PDF that you upload. Read more about uploading :


By clicking on “View” in the page overview you open the page viewer. By default you will see the uploaded document page on the left side. For a newly created document the right side will be empty. This is where the transcribed text will be displayed as soon as the document has been transcribed manually or with Handwritten Text Recognition.


By clicking on the Pen Icon in the single page view you can open the document editor. With the document editor you can edit your transcriptions. You can also use the editor for manual transcription. For this, you need to run a recognition job first in order to have the layout of the document analysed and the text regions and lines recognized. Don’t forget to save your work before you leave the document editor.


On the search page you can search all of your collection. The Keyword(s) that you enter will be searched in all documents that are in collections that you have access to. For more detailed and enhanced search you can also use different search filters to narrow down the search results. The search results will display a preview of the text as well as a snippet of the image where the searched text was found.


First select a document to run the recognition on. Then choose a fitting model and finally select the pages. The status of the recognition job can be checked in Jobs.


The jobs page gives you an overview of all jobs that you have started. Jobs are tasks that Transkribus lite has executed on your behalf such as uploading documents or running Handwritten Text Recognition jobs. In the jobs list you will see the respective document the job was executed for as well as the type of job. You can also see the status and the duration of the job. By clicking on a job you will be redirected to the respective document.

Credit Manager

The credit manager in Transkribus lite gives you full control over your credits. You can check the credits packages that you own, assign shareable credit packages to other collections and split credit packages into smaller packages (for instance, if you want to use one package in several collections). On the top of the credits manager you can see your overall credits balance i.e. the total of all credits that you have available in your packages. For more info check out our

Credits How-To Guide.