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CharNet: Convolutional Character Networks

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Convolutional Character Networks

This project hosts the testing code for CharNet, described in our paper:

Convolutional Character Networks
Linjie Xing, Zhi Tian, Weilin Huang, and Matthew R. Scott;
In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019.

Note: training code will be released later, 'watch' this repo to stay tuned.


pip install torch torchvision
python build develop


  1. Please run
    to download our trained weights.
  2. For ICDAR 2015, please run the following command line. Please replace

    with the directory containing ICDAR 2015 testing images. The results will be in
    python tools/ configs/icdar2015_hourglass88.yaml  


If you find this work useful for your research, please cite as:

title={Convolutional Character Networks},
author={Xing, Linjie and Tian, Zhi and Huang, Weilin and Scott, Matthew R},
booktitle={Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},


For any questions, please feel free to reach:

[email protected]


CharNet is CC-BY-NC 4.0 licensed, as found in the LICENSE file. It is released for academic research / non-commercial use only. If you wish to use for commercial purposes, please contact [email protected]

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