Programming language: Python
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Document Management    
Latest version: v2.0.1

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Papermerge - Document Management System

Papermerge is an open source document management system (DMS) primarily designed for archiving and retrieving your digital documents. Instead of having piles of paper documents all over your desk, office or drawers - you can quickly scan them and configure your scanner to directly upload to Papermerge DMS.

Papermerge DMS on its turn will OCR the document and index it. You will be able to quickly find any (scanned!) document using full text search capabilities.

Its backend is build with Django and its frontend with EmberJS.

Papermerge is actively developed.

This is web-based software. This means there is no executable file (aka no .exe files), and it must be run on a web server and accessed through a web browser.

[Screenshot 01](./img/screenshot-1.png)


This repository is meta-repository - which means that source code of the application is not here. This repository is used to track project's existence, status and its issues. As the application grew it was necessary to split it into multiple repositories and in same time move new repositories under Papermerge Github Organization.

Repository Description
ciur/papermerge Meta-repository which keeps track the project existence, status, and its issues.
papermerge/papermerge-core Source code for REST API Backend server. The heart of the project.
papermerge/papermerge.js Source code for Frontend - desktop like modern user interface.
papermerge/documentation Source code for the documentation.
papermerge/helm-chart Helm Chart for deploying Papermerge in Kubernetes cluster.

Other Resources

Repository Description
docs.papermerge.io Online Documentation
REST API reference/swagger Online REST API reference with swagger UI
REST API reference/redoc Online REST API reference with redoc UI
https://papermerge.com Homepage
YouTube Channel YouTube channel
Twitter Twitter
Reddit Reddit

Right Tool For You?

To be efficient you always need to choose right tool for the problem. Because Document Management term is too wide - I think that a definition of what is a Document in context of Papermerge software is needed.

For Papermerge a document is anything which is a good candidate for archiving - some piece of information which is not editable but you need to store it for future reference. For example receipts are good examples - you don't need to read receipts everyday, but eventually you will need them for your tax declaration. In this sense - scanned documents, which are usually in PDF or TIFF format, are perfect match.

Within Papermerge context terms document, scanned document, pdf document, and digital archive are used interchangeable and mean the same thing.

Papermerge shines when it comes to storing documents for long term, in other words Papermerge's main use case is long term storage of digital archives.

Out of scope are Office documents (ODT, DOCX....), text files (notes) which usually are editable.

Papermerge is simply not designed to store books. Yes, you can scan a book and import it in Papermerge, but again - this is not what Papermerge was intended for.

Features Highlight

  • Documents of pdf, jpg, png, tiff formats are supported
  • Desktop like user interface
  • OCR - used to extract text for documents indexing
  • Full text search (document content is extracted using OCR and indexed with elasticsearch)
  • Document Versioning (all operations on the documents are non destructive)
  • User defined metadata per folder/document/page
  • Tags - assign colored tags to documents or folders
  • Documents and Folders - users can organize documents in folders
  • Multi-User (Groups, Roles)
  • User permissions management
  • Document permissions management
  • Page Management - delete, reorder, rotate and extract pages
  • Basic automation

Donations, Fundraising, Your Support

For donations, you can use three channels paypal, patreon and github itself:


We welcome contributions! In general, if change is very small, like fixing a documentation typo, remove unused variable or minor adjustments of docker related files - you can create a pull request right away. If your change is small and reasonable it will be (very likely) almost immediately accepted.

For bigger changes, like a new feature or even change/add/remove of whole paragraph in documentation - please first discuss the change you wish to make via GitHub issue, pull request or email.

For more information, see the contributing file.

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[Screenshot 02](./img/screenshot-2.png) [Screenshot 03](./img/screenshot-3.png)