Extracting Table Made Easy A Step by Step Guide



Extracting tables from images may be a tedious and time-eating process. It doesn’t have to be though! In this guide, we’ll show you how to easily extract tables from images using AlgoDocs free online data extraction tool.

This guide will take you through the entire process, step by step. By following these instructions, you’ll be able to quickly and easily extract printed and handwritten text and tables from any scanned file like image and pdf. Let’s get started!

What Is Table Extraction?

Simply put, it’s the process of extracting data from tables that are embedded within images. This data can be anything from product prices, business cards, Bank Statements, PDF & Scanned Invoices, HR Forms & Payrolls, Sales & Purchase Orders,  to nutritional information and the list goes on and on. Such data can be a real timesaver for businesses and marketers who need it.

But extracting data from tables can be tricky, especially if you’re not familiar with the process. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step guide to help you out. We’ll show you how to easily extract tables from images using our table extraction tool, AlgoDocs.

What Tools Are Available to Extract Tables From Images?

There are a few different tools that you can use to extract tables from images.

For starters, you can copy/paste the table if it exists in editable files. However, such a process is not possible when tables are allocated in scanned files and images. Also, the traditional OCR software is not able to extract tables. Thanks to recent development in deep learning-based Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, all types of data such as tables and handwritten can easily be extracted without all the hassle.

Another method to extract such data is using some libraries that exist in programming languages like Python that provide OCR (optical character recognition) to extract data from images. However, this method requires you to learn to program and it is much more complicated and time-consuming.

On the other hand, tools such as AlgoDocs offer a free online extraction of printed and handwritten text and tables. Also, it allows you to extract tables and convert them into Excel spreadsheets, XML, or JSON files(Figure 1 shows how AlgoDocs can extract tables even from handwritten and low quality images). 

Figure 1, the left side shows the uploaded file to AlgoDocs and the right side shows the produced table.

Step by Step Guide on Extracting Tables From Images

Are you ready to learn how to extract text/tables/handwriting from images with ease? Follow these steps and you’ll be able to do it in no time:

  1. Create an account or log in to your AlgoDocs account.
  2. Select an extractor or create a new one by uploading a sample document. In extracting rules editor, select the data type like number, text, table, etc.
  3. Click on the ‘Extract’ button. At this point, if you are willing to further format the extracted data, you may use the available filters.
  4. Finally, your data is ready and formatted so you can export it to the format you need such as Excel, JSON, or XML, or even send it directly to other software.

If you have more than one file you can upload as many documents even thousands and enjoy your time while the work is finalized by the AlgoDocs platform in a very short period.

Now that you know how easy it is to extract tables from images, why not give it a try? You can even use AlgoDocs with as many as you have files at once for an even faster experience! Also, you may check the nice and easy-to-follow articles and Video Tutorials.


In short, OCR is a great technique to use when you need to extract data from images. The best thing about it is that it’s quick and easy to do, and you don’t need any special skills. Just follow the steps in this guide and you’ll be able to extract tables from images in no time. If you don’t try AlgoDocs yet… What are you waiting for? Now you can use the forever free subscription plan with 50 pages per month. 

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