How to Extract Data from a Receipt with JavaScript?

How to Extract Data from a Receipt with JavaScript?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Receipt Parsing API in 5 minutes using JavaScript. Eden AI provides an easy and developer-friendly API that allows you to extract structured information from receipts.

What is Receipt Parsing API?

Receipt Parsing or OCR Receipt is a type of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) API that specifically focuses on recognizing and extracting text from receipts. This type of API uses advanced Image Processing and Machine Learning algorithms to extract relevant information from receipts, such as the date, merchant name, total amount, and items purchased.

Receipt Parsing API result on Eden AI

The extracted information can be returned in a structured format, such as JSON or XML, for further processing and analysis. Receipt Parsing can be used in various applications such as expense management, bookkeeping and accounting. It can also be integrated into mobile apps to automate the process of receipt scanning and tracking expenses.

Get Started with Receipt Parsing API using JavaScript

The first step is to set Axios, a promise-based HTTP client for the browser and Node.js, that will allow you to call Eden AI API.

Next, you'll need to initialize the File System module in order to access local files on your computer.

Finally, you'll need to create your multipart/formdata parameters form:

How to use Receipt Parsing API with JavaScript

You are now ready to process documents into Eden AI Receipt Parsing API. You can access the list of languages supported in our documentation here.

1. Get a Receipt Parsing API Key on Eden AI

To perform Receipt Parsing, you'll need to create an account on Eden AI for free. Then, you will be able to get your API key directly from the homepage with free credits offered by Eden AI.

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2. Let’s Extract Information from your Receipts

Now that you have initialized the required JavaScript modules and got your API key, you will be able to extract information from your receipts. With Eden AI, you can choose from a wide range of engines you want for Receipt Parsing. You can access the list of Receipt Parsing providers available on Eden AI directly on our documentation.

Here is the JavaScript code to add the formdata parameters values for your request:

For example, we called two different Receipt Parsing engines. Once the parameters values are passed, you can configure your request:

Then, you'll need to launch the request and print the result:

Here is an example of a Receipt Parsing response:

Benefits of using Receipt Parsing API with Eden AI

Using Receipt Parsing with Eden AI API is quick and easy.

Multiple AI engines in one API

Save time and cost

We offer a unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, with a quick switch between providers and an access to the specific features of each provider.

Easy to integrate

The JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardisation work. The response elements are also standardised thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.


With Eden AI you have the possibility to integrate a third party platform: we can quickly develop connectors. To go further and customize your Receipt Parsing request with specific parameters, check out our documentation.

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