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Papermerge is designed to run on Linux/Unix compatible system.

You need to have docker installed, as Papermerge is shipped as docker image. All docker images are stored on docker hub.

Make sure that you have docker available:

    $ docker --version
    Docker version 24.0.3, build 3713ee1


Hardware specification for Papermerge depends on number of documents and users.

For one user with 1000-2000 pages a system spec with:

  • 2 CPU at 2.8GHz clock
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 25 GB Storage

will do just fine.

For OCR, Papermerge uses Tesseract. OCR is very CPU intensive operation, thus more CPUs and RAM memory your system has - better. More CPU cores and more powerful the CPUs means OCR will be performed faster.


GPU is not required as Tesseract runs OCR entirely on your CPU.

Testing system for Papermerge has following specs:

  • Ubuntu 22.04
  • 8 Core i7 2.8GHz CPU
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 50 GB storage