This guide is part of a series of visual guides offering brief instructions, recommended tools and hints & tips on typing in Arabic ( الكتابة باللغة العربية على الكمبيوتر) for learners of Arabic. The series include:

  1. Typing Arabic Diacritics
  2. Tips for Editing Arabic Text
  3. Arabic Handwriting Text Recognition
  4. Phonetic Typing of Arabic
  5. Gesture or Swipe Typing of Arabic
  6. Voice Typing of Arabic (Speech-to-text Recognition)
  7. Typing on Standard Arabic Keyboards
  8. Typing on Arabic Virtual Keyboards
  9. Arabic Speech-to-text Transcription
  10. Scanning Arabic Text

to access all guides, go to Typing in Arabic | Guides, Tools & Resources | INDEX

Arabic Handwriting Text Recognition

In a nutshell!Write Arabic in cursive letters by hand on any touchscreen
What is it?Handwriting input tools allow you to manually draw or handwrite Arabic text  – using a stylus or your hand – on your a touchscreen enabled mobile or tablet. Your writing is converted into text through Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and both printed and cursive writing is supported. These tools are very intuitive and they are useful alternatives to touchscreen typing or voice input. The tools available are pretty good at deciphering your handwriting (no matter how terrible it may be!). It is also a fun way to enter emojis by drawing.
Recommended ToolsGoogle Handwriting Input (Gboard)
Google Translate


  • Written & Designed by: Mourad Diouri, U. of Edinburgh


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