ABBYY was founded in 1989 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.


Our mission is to help people understand each other.

We create artificial intelligence technologies and solutions and services that capture, translate, extract and transform information into accessible and useful knowledge.

Who We Are

ABBYY creates technologies and solutions to action information.

We are a global company that sets the standard for content capture with innovative language-based technologies that integrate across the information lifecycle.

ABBYY solutions optimize business processes to mitigate risk, accelerate decision-making and drive revenue.

CEO of ABBYY North American Headquarters, Dean Tang

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Global Company

ABBYY Group has 4 headquarters: North America (Milpitas, California), Western Europe (Munich), Eastern Europe (Kiev) and in Russia (Moscow). Most of our research and development projects are conducted in Moscow.

The ABBYY group comprises 16 global offices located in Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine and the United States.


More than 1250 regular employees worldwide, most of them engaged in research and development as programmers, engineers and linguists.

Millions of Customers

    • More than 40 million people* from over 200 countries* use ABBYY products, technologies, solutions and services.
    • More than 30 million people* all over the world use ABBYY FineReader.
    • ABBYY Lingvo electronic dictionaries are regularly used by 8 million people*.

Setting Standards

    • We are an active member of the AIIM Executive Leadership Council and the Spiceworks community for IT professionals and vendors.
    • Leading document capture vendors use ABBYY technologies in their products. These include BancTec, BenQ, Captiva, C Technologies, Cardiff Software, Cobra Technologies, DELL, EPSON, EMC2/Documentum, Fujitsu, Freedom Scientific, HP, IKON, IXOS, Kurzweil, Kofax Image Products, Legato Systems, Microtek, Mustek, NewSoft, Neurascript, Notable Solutions, Optika, Panasonic, ReadSoft, Siemens Nixdorf, Stellent, SWT, SER Solutions, Samsung Electronics, Sumitomo Electric Systems, Toshiba, Umax, Verity and many others.
    • Leading scanner and MFP manufacturers use ABBYY technologies in their products. Included are Sharp, BenQ, Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Konica Minolta, Mustek, Panasonic Communications, PlanOn, Primax, Plustek, Toshiba and Xerox.
    • Leading mobile manufacturers rely on ABBYY technologies. These include: Nokia, Samsung, LG, HTC, Pantech and Voxtel.

Investing in Science and Education

    • In 2006 ABBYY established the Department of Image Recognition and Text Processing at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Each year over 30 students in the department are supported with ABBYY scholarships.
    • ABBYY supports “Dialogue” - a major international scientific conference on computational linguistics and intellectual technologies in Russia.
    • ABBYY is a member of the Translation Automation User Society.
    • ABBYY fosters crowdsourcing activities focused on translation via our online Coursera courses and provides the community with a professional CAT tool, free.

Benefits to Society

      • Thousands of companies process more than 9.3 billion pages* of documents and forms annually by using ABBYY technologies.
      • ABBYY technologies save people approximately 970 million hours annually* when converting paper and PDF documents.
      • The accuracy, ease, value and technical excellence of ABBYY products have garnered over 260 awards worldwide from leading industry publications and test labs.

* According to ABBYY’s internal data


In the Beginning Was a Dictionary Application

An idea for creating an electronic dictionary inspired the birth of ABBYY. It occurred to David Yang, currently chairman of ABBYY's board of directors, during a French lesson. While looking up words in a bulky dictionary he imagined an easy-to-use tool that would allow people to translate words in just a few seconds. This dictionary application later became the first ABBYY product: Lingvo.


David Yang founded BIT Software (the name of ABBYY before 1997).


The first version of ABBYY Lingvo offered translation of words and phrases from Russian to English and back.

Our First Steps in Document Capture

ABBYY expanded its research and development into text recognition, resulting in the first omnifont OCR system in Russia. ABBYY then implemented a large project processing hand-printed forms for the government, and began licensing its technologies to third parties.


The first omnifont system in Russia, ABBYY’s FineReader document conversion application, was launched.


The ABBYY Ukraine representative office was established.


OCR and linguistic technologies were licensed to Siemens Nixdorf.

FineReader source code was licensed to Samsung Electronics.

The first form processing project with ICR support was implemented for the Russian Pension Fund.


ABBYY Is Announced Worldwide

A few years after the launch of ABBYY FineReader, the company realized that the software’s quality and accuracy exceeded that of any other OCR solution available – leading ABBYY to begin expanding its global presence in 1997. Announcing itself as “ABBYY", the company built an international distribution network and established partnerships with the world’s leading manufacturers of scanning devices, bundling FineReader with their products.


Introducing the ABBYY name and announcing the company as a worldwide brand.

FineReader is sold in the USA under the name Presto! OCR Pro by NewSoft, ABBYY’s exclusive representative in the USA and Canada.

Mitcom Marketing GmbH becomes the exclusive distributor of ABBYY products in Germany, Austria and Sweden.

Sumitomo Licenses FineReader technologies for its own “OKReader” OCR system.


ABBYY OCR technologies are bundled with Primax scanners in more than 30 countries worldwide.

ABBYY USA is founded.


ABBYY FineReader Sprint for Macintosh – the first ABBYY product for the Mac platform – is launched.

Acer Peripherals signs a worldwide agreement to bundle ABBYY FineReader Sprint with Acer scanners.

ICR and forms recognition is available with the FineReader Handprint module.


A worldwide bundle agreement with Avigram technologies is announced.

ABBYY Europe (Munich, Germany) is founded.

ABBYY Enterprise Forms, a system for separate form input, is launched.

ABBYY OCR software is bundled with UMAX and MUSTEK scanners worldwide.


Expansion into New Markets

ABBYY invests in streamlining its business processes and diversifying its product portfolio, enabling the company to strengthen its focus on developing “technology” products – i.e. software development kits (SDK) and enterprise solutions. With this, ABBYY assumes a leading position in the enterprise content management (ECM) and document management markets  providing high-quality optical character recognition (OCR), data capture and form processing solutions.


Integration of ABBYY OCR Embedded Engine into the C-Pen reading pen.

Release of a handprint form processing product under the ABBYY FormReader trademark.


Increased presence in South-East Asia through partnership with SDB Pte Ltd.


ABBYY becomes a Microsoft Gold Certified partner.

Release of ABBYY FineReader Engine for Linux.

OEM agreement with Epson America Inc.


ABBYY announces FlexiCapture Studio, a revolutionary Intelligent Document Recognition (IDR) tool.

PDF Transformer is launched.


The first omnifont software package for Fraktur and old European languages is shipped.


ABBYY Recognition Server is introduced.

An international cooperation agreement is signed with Xerox.

ABBYY Mobile OCR SDK is launched.

The ABBYY Japan office is opened.


The FlexiCapture data and document capture system is introduced.


Breakthroughs in the SaaS and Mobile Markets


ABBYY BCR, a next-generation OCR mobile utility for smartphones, is demonstrated.


SOA-compatible ABBYY Recognition Server software is released.

A new ABBYY branch is opened in Taiwan.


ABBYY announces Lingvo and FotoTranslate products for popular mobile devices.

The FineReader Online beta version is launched.

ABBYY celebrates its 20th anniversary.


The ABBYY 3A office, which operates on the territories of South America, Asia and Africa, is opened.

The ABBYYOnline.com portal is launched, providing document conversion and language services.

Lingvo dictionaries are available for Apple mobile devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.


FlexiCapture Engine 9.0 is introduced.

The ABBYY Australia office is established.

ABBYY Canada is opened in Ontario.

ABBYY is named an expert contributor to the European Commission’s IMPACT research project – dedicated to transforming Europe’s printed heritage into digitally available resources.


Action Information: Solutions for Enterprises and Tools for Developers


Recognition Server gains the ability to process documents in Arabic.

The ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK online service for integrating ABBYY recognition technologies is launched.

The ABBYY Mobile Imaging SDK for iOS and Android is released.


ABBYY provides an OCR Engine for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

ABBYY wins a patent infringement lawsuit against Nuance.

ABBYY automates document entry into SAP.

FlexiCapture goes Mobile.

ABBYY provides an expert speaker at ASEAN Banker Forum in Vietnam.


ABBYY FlexiCapture features country-specific settings for invoices.

ABBYY Japan Co. Ltd. is registered under the Japanese Commercial Code.

Business Card Reader for corporate users is available on Salesforce AppExchange.

ABBYY data security practices, systems, and privacy policies are certified as meeting Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.

Launch of the ABBYY SmartCAT cloud-based translation automation platform.


The ABBYY IT Dubai office is established.

ABBYY’s mobile video capture technology and the Lingvo Live social networking service are showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Spain.

Compreno-based InfoExtractor and Smart Classifier SDKs are released to assist companies in navigating through big data and to help them make unstructured information actionable.


ABBYY is an international company with 16 offices in countries including Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine and the United States. ABBYY products are now being sold in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of regional and international partners.

The ABBYY group comprises 15 global offices located in Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the UK, Ukraine and the United States.operates on the territory of South America, Asia and Africa, including the Middle East and Baltic Countries.