Azure.AI.FormRecognizer 4.1.0

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Azure Form Recognizer client library for .NET

Note: on July 2023, the Azure Cognitive Services Form Recognizer service was renamed to Azure AI Document Intelligence. Any mentions to Form Recognizer or Document Intelligence in documentation refer to the same Azure service.

Azure AI Document Intelligence is a cloud service that uses machine learning to analyze text and structured data from your documents. It includes the following main features:

  • Layout - Extract text, selection marks, table structures, styles, and paragraphs, along with their bounding region coordinates from documents.
  • General document - Analyze key-value pairs in addition to general layout from documents.
  • Read - Read information about textual elements, such as page words and lines in addition to text language information.
  • Prebuilt - Analyze data from certain types of common documents using prebuilt models. Supported documents include receipts, invoices, business cards, identity documents, US W2 tax forms, and more.
  • Custom analysis - Build custom document models to analyze text, field values, selection marks, table structures, styles, and paragraphs from documents. Custom models are built with your own data, so they're tailored to your documents.
  • Custom classification - Build custom classifier models that combine layout and language features to accurately detect and identify documents you process within your application.

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Getting started

Install the package

Install the Azure Form Recognizer client library for .NET with NuGet:

dotnet add package Azure.AI.FormRecognizer

Note: This version of the client library defaults to the 2023-07-31 version of the service.

This table shows the relationship between SDK versions and supported API versions of the service:

SDK version Supported API version of service
4.1.0 2.0, 2.1, 2022-08-31, 2023-07-31
4.0.0 2.0, 2.1, 2022-08-31
3.1.X 2.0, 2.1
3.0.X 2.0

Note: Starting with version 4.0.0, a new set of clients were introduced to leverage the newest features of the Document Intelligence service. Please see the Migration Guide for detailed instructions on how to update application code from client library version 3.1.X or lower to the latest version. Additionally, see the Changelog for more detailed information. The table below describes the relationship of each client and its supported API version(s):

API version Supported clients
2023-07-31 DocumentAnalysisClient and DocumentModelAdministrationClient
2022-08-31 DocumentAnalysisClient and DocumentModelAdministrationClient
2.1 FormRecognizerClient and FormTrainingClient
2.0 FormRecognizerClient and FormTrainingClient

Prerequisites

Create a Cognitive Services or Form Recognizer resource

Document Intelligence supports both multi-service and single-service access. Create a Cognitive Services resource if you plan to access multiple cognitive services under a single endpoint/key. For Document Intelligence access only, create a Form Recognizer resource. Please note that you will need a single-service resource if you intend to use Azure Active Directory authentication.

You can create either resource using:

Below is an example of how you can create a Form Recognizer resource using the CLI:

# Create a new resource group to hold the Form Recognizer resource
# If using an existing resource group, skip this step
az group create --name <your-resource-name> --location <location>
# Create the Form Recognizer resource
az cognitiveservices account create \
    --name <resource-name> \
    --resource-group <resource-group-name> \
    --kind FormRecognizer \
    --sku <sku> \
    --location <location> \
    --yes

For more information about creating the resource or how to get the location and sku information see here.

Authenticate the client

In order to interact with the Document Intelligence service, you'll need to create an instance of the DocumentAnalysisClient class. An endpoint and credential are necessary to instantiate the client object.

Get the endpoint

You can find the endpoint for your Form Recognizer resource using the Azure Portal or Azure CLI:

# Get the endpoint for the Form Recognizer resource
az cognitiveservices account show --name "<resource-name>" --resource-group "<resource-group-name>" --query "properties.endpoint"

Either a regional endpoint or a custom subdomain can be used for authentication. They are formatted as follows:

Regional endpoint: https://<region>.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/
Custom subdomain: https://<resource-name>.cognitiveservices.azure.com/

A regional endpoint is the same for every resource in a region. A complete list of supported regional endpoints can be consulted here. Please note that regional endpoints do not support AAD authentication.

A custom subdomain, on the other hand, is a name that is unique to the Form Recognizer resource. They can only be used by single-service resources.

Get the API Key

The API key can be found in the Azure Portal or by running the following Azure CLI command:

az cognitiveservices account keys list --name "<resource-name>" --resource-group "<resource-group-name>"
Create DocumentAnalysisClient with AzureKeyCredential

Once you have the value for the API key, create an AzureKeyCredential. With the endpoint and key credential, you can create the DocumentAnalysisClient:

string endpoint = "<endpoint>";
string apiKey = "<apiKey>";
var credential = new AzureKeyCredential(apiKey);
var client = new DocumentAnalysisClient(new Uri(endpoint), credential);
Create DocumentAnalysisClient with Azure Active Directory Credential

AzureKeyCredential authentication is used in the examples in this getting started guide, but you can also authenticate with Azure Active Directory using the Azure Identity library. Note that regional endpoints do not support AAD authentication. Create a custom subdomain for your resource in order to use this type of authentication.

To use the DefaultAzureCredential provider shown below, or other credential providers provided with the Azure SDK, please install the Azure.Identity package:

dotnet add package Azure.Identity

You will also need to register a new AAD application and grant access to Document Intelligence by assigning the "Cognitive Services User" role to your service principal.

Set the values of the client ID, tenant ID, and client secret of the AAD application as environment variables: AZURE_CLIENT_ID, AZURE_TENANT_ID, AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET.

string endpoint = "<endpoint>";
var client = new DocumentAnalysisClient(new Uri(endpoint), new DefaultAzureCredential());

Key concepts

DocumentAnalysisClient

DocumentAnalysisClient provides operations for:

  • Analyzing input documents using prebuilt and custom models through the AnalyzeDocument and AnalyzeDocumentFromUri APIs.
  • Detecting and identifying custom input documents with the ClassifyDocument and ClassifyDocumentFromUri APIs.

Sample code snippets are provided to illustrate using a DocumentAnalysisClient here. More information about analyzing documents, including supported features, locales, and document types can be found in the service documentation.

DocumentModelAdministrationClient

DocumentModelAdministrationClient provides operations for:

  • Building custom models to analyze specific fields you specify by labeling your custom documents. A DocumentModelDetails instance is returned indicating the document type(s) the model can analyze, the fields it can analyze for each document type, as well as the estimated confidence for each field. See the service documentation for a more detailed explanation.
  • Compose a model from a collection of existing models.
  • Managing models created in your account.
  • Copying a custom model from one Form Recognizer resource to another.
  • Listing build operations or getting specific operations created within the last 24 hours.
  • Building and managing document classification models to accurately detect and identify documents you process within your application.

See examples for Build a Custom Model, Manage Models, and Build a Document Classifier.

Please note that models and classifiers can also be built using a graphical user interface such as the Document Intelligence Studio.

Long-Running Operations

Because analyzing documents and building models take time, these operations are implemented as long-running operations. Long-running operations consist of an initial request sent to the service to start an operation, followed by polling the service at intervals to determine whether the operation has completed or failed, and if it has succeeded, to get the result.

For long running operations in the Azure SDK, the client exposes a method that returns an Operation<T> object. You can set its parameter waitUntil to WaitUntil.Completed to wait for the operation to complete and obtain its result; or set it to WaitUntil.Started if you just want to start the operation and consume the result later. A sample code snippet is provided to illustrate using long-running operations below.

Thread safety

We guarantee that all client instance methods are thread-safe and independent of each other (guideline). This ensures that the recommendation of reusing client instances is always safe, even across threads.

Additional concepts

Client options | Accessing the response | Handling failures | Diagnostics | Mocking | Client lifetime

Examples

The following section provides several code snippets illustrating common patterns used in the Form Recognizer .NET API. Most of the snippets below make use of asynchronous service calls, but keep in mind that the Azure.AI.FormRecognizer package supports both synchronous and asynchronous APIs.

Async examples

Sync examples

Note that these samples use SDK version 4.1.0. For version 3.1.1 or lower, see Form Recognizer Samples for V3.1.X.

Extract Layout

Extract text, selection marks, table structures, styles, and paragraphs, along with their bounding region coordinates from documents.

Uri fileUri = new Uri("<fileUri>");

AnalyzeDocumentOperation operation = await client.AnalyzeDocumentFromUriAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, "prebuilt-layout", fileUri);
AnalyzeResult result = operation.Value;

foreach (DocumentPage page in result.Pages)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Document Page {page.PageNumber} has {page.Lines.Count} line(s), {page.Words.Count} word(s),");
    Console.WriteLine($"and {page.SelectionMarks.Count} selection mark(s).");

    for (int i = 0; i < page.Lines.Count; i++)
    {
        DocumentLine line = page.Lines[i];
        Console.WriteLine($"  Line {i} has content: '{line.Content}'.");

        Console.WriteLine($"    Its bounding polygon (points ordered clockwise):");

        for (int j = 0; j < line.BoundingPolygon.Count; j++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"      Point {j} => X: {line.BoundingPolygon[j].X}, Y: {line.BoundingPolygon[j].Y}");
        }
    }

    for (int i = 0; i < page.SelectionMarks.Count; i++)
    {
        DocumentSelectionMark selectionMark = page.SelectionMarks[i];

        Console.WriteLine($"  Selection Mark {i} is {selectionMark.State}.");
        Console.WriteLine($"    Its bounding polygon (points ordered clockwise):");

        for (int j = 0; j < selectionMark.BoundingPolygon.Count; j++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"      Point {j} => X: {selectionMark.BoundingPolygon[j].X}, Y: {selectionMark.BoundingPolygon[j].Y}");
        }
    }
}

Console.WriteLine("Paragraphs:");

foreach (DocumentParagraph paragraph in result.Paragraphs)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"  Paragraph content: {paragraph.Content}");

    if (paragraph.Role != null)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"    Role: {paragraph.Role}");
    }
}

foreach (DocumentStyle style in result.Styles)
{
    // Check the style and style confidence to see if text is handwritten.
    // Note that value '0.8' is used as an example.

    bool isHandwritten = style.IsHandwritten.HasValue && style.IsHandwritten == true;

    if (isHandwritten && style.Confidence > 0.8)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"Handwritten content found:");

        foreach (DocumentSpan span in style.Spans)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"  Content: {result.Content.Substring(span.Index, span.Length)}");
        }
    }
}

Console.WriteLine("The following tables were extracted:");

for (int i = 0; i < result.Tables.Count; i++)
{
    DocumentTable table = result.Tables[i];
    Console.WriteLine($"  Table {i} has {table.RowCount} rows and {table.ColumnCount} columns.");

    foreach (DocumentTableCell cell in table.Cells)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"    Cell ({cell.RowIndex}, {cell.ColumnIndex}) has kind '{cell.Kind}' and content: '{cell.Content}'.");
    }
}

For more information and samples see here.

Use the Prebuilt General Document Model

Analyze text, selection marks, table structures, styles, paragraphs, and key-value pairs from documents using the prebuilt general document model.

Uri fileUri = new Uri("<fileUri>");

AnalyzeDocumentOperation operation = await client.AnalyzeDocumentFromUriAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, "prebuilt-document", fileUri);
AnalyzeResult result = operation.Value;

Console.WriteLine("Detected key-value pairs:");

foreach (DocumentKeyValuePair kvp in result.KeyValuePairs)
{
    if (kvp.Value == null)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"  Found key with no value: '{kvp.Key.Content}'");
    }
    else
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"  Found key-value pair: '{kvp.Key.Content}' and '{kvp.Value.Content}'");
    }
}

foreach (DocumentPage page in result.Pages)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Document Page {page.PageNumber} has {page.Lines.Count} line(s), {page.Words.Count} word(s),");
    Console.WriteLine($"and {page.SelectionMarks.Count} selection mark(s).");

    for (int i = 0; i < page.Lines.Count; i++)
    {
        DocumentLine line = page.Lines[i];
        Console.WriteLine($"  Line {i} has content: '{line.Content}'.");

        Console.WriteLine($"    Its bounding polygon (points ordered clockwise):");

        for (int j = 0; j < line.BoundingPolygon.Count; j++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"      Point {j} => X: {line.BoundingPolygon[j].X}, Y: {line.BoundingPolygon[j].Y}");
        }
    }

    for (int i = 0; i < page.SelectionMarks.Count; i++)
    {
        DocumentSelectionMark selectionMark = page.SelectionMarks[i];

        Console.WriteLine($"  Selection Mark {i} is {selectionMark.State}.");
        Console.WriteLine($"    Its bounding polygon (points ordered clockwise):");

        for (int j = 0; j < selectionMark.BoundingPolygon.Count; j++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"      Point {j} => X: {selectionMark.BoundingPolygon[j].X}, Y: {selectionMark.BoundingPolygon[j].Y}");
        }
    }
}

foreach (DocumentStyle style in result.Styles)
{
    // Check the style and style confidence to see if text is handwritten.
    // Note that value '0.8' is used as an example.

    bool isHandwritten = style.IsHandwritten.HasValue && style.IsHandwritten == true;

    if (isHandwritten && style.Confidence > 0.8)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"Handwritten content found:");

        foreach (DocumentSpan span in style.Spans)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"  Content: {result.Content.Substring(span.Index, span.Length)}");
        }
    }
}

Console.WriteLine("The following tables were extracted:");

for (int i = 0; i < result.Tables.Count; i++)
{
    DocumentTable table = result.Tables[i];
    Console.WriteLine($"  Table {i} has {table.RowCount} rows and {table.ColumnCount} columns.");

    foreach (DocumentTableCell cell in table.Cells)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"    Cell ({cell.RowIndex}, {cell.ColumnIndex}) has kind '{cell.Kind}' and content: '{cell.Content}'.");
    }
}

For more information and samples see here.

Use the Prebuilt Read Model

Analyze textual elements, such as page words and lines, styles, paragraphs, and text language information from documents using the prebuilt read model.

Uri fileUri = new Uri("<fileUri>");

AnalyzeDocumentOperation operation = await client.AnalyzeDocumentFromUriAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, "prebuilt-read", fileUri);
AnalyzeResult result = operation.Value;

Console.WriteLine("Detected languages:");

foreach (DocumentLanguage language in result.Languages)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"  Found language with locale '{language.Locale}' and confidence {language.Confidence}.");
}

foreach (DocumentPage page in result.Pages)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Document Page {page.PageNumber} has {page.Lines.Count} line(s), {page.Words.Count} word(s),");
    Console.WriteLine($"and {page.SelectionMarks.Count} selection mark(s).");

    for (int i = 0; i < page.Lines.Count; i++)
    {
        DocumentLine line = page.Lines[i];
        Console.WriteLine($"  Line {i} has content: '{line.Content}'.");

        Console.WriteLine($"    Its bounding polygon (points ordered clockwise):");

        for (int j = 0; j < line.BoundingPolygon.Count; j++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"      Point {j} => X: {line.BoundingPolygon[j].X}, Y: {line.BoundingPolygon[j].Y}");
        }
    }
}

foreach (DocumentStyle style in result.Styles)
{
    // Check the style and style confidence to see if text is handwritten.
    // Note that value '0.8' is used as an example.

    bool isHandwritten = style.IsHandwritten.HasValue && style.IsHandwritten == true;

    if (isHandwritten && style.Confidence > 0.8)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"Handwritten content found:");

        foreach (DocumentSpan span in style.Spans)
        {
            Console.WriteLine($"  Content: {result.Content.Substring(span.Index, span.Length)}");
        }
    }
}

For more information and samples see here.

Use Prebuilt Models

Analyze data from certain types of common documents using prebuilt models provided by the Document Intelligence service.

For example, to analyze fields from an invoice, use the prebuilt Invoice model provided by passing the prebuilt-invoice model ID into the AnalyzeDocumentAsync method:

string filePath = "<filePath>";

using var stream = new FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Open);

AnalyzeDocumentOperation operation = await client.AnalyzeDocumentAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, "prebuilt-invoice", stream);
AnalyzeResult result = operation.Value;

// To see the list of all the supported fields returned by service and its corresponding types for the
// prebuilt-invoice model, consult:
// https://aka.ms/azsdk/formrecognizer/invoicefieldschema

for (int i = 0; i < result.Documents.Count; i++)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Document {i}:");

    AnalyzedDocument document = result.Documents[i];

    if (document.Fields.TryGetValue("VendorName", out DocumentField vendorNameField))
    {
        if (vendorNameField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.String)
        {
            string vendorName = vendorNameField.Value.AsString();
            Console.WriteLine($"Vendor Name: '{vendorName}', with confidence {vendorNameField.Confidence}");
        }
    }

    if (document.Fields.TryGetValue("CustomerName", out DocumentField customerNameField))
    {
        if (customerNameField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.String)
        {
            string customerName = customerNameField.Value.AsString();
            Console.WriteLine($"Customer Name: '{customerName}', with confidence {customerNameField.Confidence}");
        }
    }

    if (document.Fields.TryGetValue("Items", out DocumentField itemsField))
    {
        if (itemsField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.List)
        {
            foreach (DocumentField itemField in itemsField.Value.AsList())
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Item:");

                if (itemField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.Dictionary)
                {
                    IReadOnlyDictionary<string, DocumentField> itemFields = itemField.Value.AsDictionary();

                    if (itemFields.TryGetValue("Description", out DocumentField itemDescriptionField))
                    {
                        if (itemDescriptionField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.String)
                        {
                            string itemDescription = itemDescriptionField.Value.AsString();

                            Console.WriteLine($"  Description: '{itemDescription}', with confidence {itemDescriptionField.Confidence}");
                        }
                    }

                    if (itemFields.TryGetValue("Amount", out DocumentField itemAmountField))
                    {
                        if (itemAmountField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.Currency)
                        {
                            CurrencyValue itemAmount = itemAmountField.Value.AsCurrency();

                            Console.WriteLine($"  Amount: '{itemAmount.Symbol}{itemAmount.Amount}', with confidence {itemAmountField.Confidence}");
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    }

    if (document.Fields.TryGetValue("SubTotal", out DocumentField subTotalField))
    {
        if (subTotalField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.Currency)
        {
            CurrencyValue subTotal = subTotalField.Value.AsCurrency();
            Console.WriteLine($"Sub Total: '{subTotal.Symbol}{subTotal.Amount}', with confidence {subTotalField.Confidence}");
        }
    }

    if (document.Fields.TryGetValue("TotalTax", out DocumentField totalTaxField))
    {
        if (totalTaxField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.Currency)
        {
            CurrencyValue totalTax = totalTaxField.Value.AsCurrency();
            Console.WriteLine($"Total Tax: '{totalTax.Symbol}{totalTax.Amount}', with confidence {totalTaxField.Confidence}");
        }
    }

    if (document.Fields.TryGetValue("InvoiceTotal", out DocumentField invoiceTotalField))
    {
        if (invoiceTotalField.FieldType == DocumentFieldType.Currency)
        {
            CurrencyValue invoiceTotal = invoiceTotalField.Value.AsCurrency();
            Console.WriteLine($"Invoice Total: '{invoiceTotal.Symbol}{invoiceTotal.Amount}', with confidence {invoiceTotalField.Confidence}");
        }
    }
}

You are not limited to invoices! There are a couple of prebuilt models to choose from, each of which has its own set of supported fields. More information about the supported document types can be found in the service documentation.

For more information and samples, see here.

Build a Custom Model

Build a custom model on your own document type. The resulting model can be used to analyze values from the types of documents it was built on.

// For this sample, you can use the training documents found in the `trainingFiles` folder.
// Upload the documents to your storage container and then generate a container SAS URL. Note
// that a container URI without SAS is accepted only when the container is public or has a
// managed identity configured.
//
// For instructions to set up documents for training in an Azure Blob Storage Container, please see:
// https://aka.ms/azsdk/formrecognizer/buildcustommodel

Uri blobContainerUri = new Uri("<blobContainerUri>");
var client = new DocumentModelAdministrationClient(new Uri(endpoint), new AzureKeyCredential(apiKey));

// We are selecting the Template build mode in this sample. For more information about the available
// build modes and their differences, please see:
// https://aka.ms/azsdk/formrecognizer/buildmode

BuildDocumentModelOperation operation = await client.BuildDocumentModelAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, blobContainerUri, DocumentBuildMode.Template);
DocumentModelDetails model = operation.Value;

Console.WriteLine($"  Model Id: {model.ModelId}");
Console.WriteLine($"  Created on: {model.CreatedOn}");

Console.WriteLine("  Document types the model can recognize:");
foreach (KeyValuePair<string, DocumentTypeDetails> documentType in model.DocumentTypes)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"    Document type: {documentType.Key} which has the following fields:");
    foreach (KeyValuePair<string, DocumentFieldSchema> schema in documentType.Value.FieldSchema)
    {
        Console.WriteLine($"    Field: {schema.Key} with confidence {documentType.Value.FieldConfidence[schema.Key]}");
    }
}

For more information and samples see here.

Analyze Custom Documents

Analyze text, field values, selection marks, and table structures, styles, and paragraphs from custom documents, using models you built with your own document types.

string modelId = "<modelId>";
Uri fileUri = new Uri("<fileUri>");

AnalyzeDocumentOperation operation = await client.AnalyzeDocumentFromUriAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, modelId, fileUri);
AnalyzeResult result = operation.Value;

Console.WriteLine($"Document was analyzed with model with ID: {result.ModelId}");

foreach (AnalyzedDocument document in result.Documents)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Document of type: {document.DocumentType}");

    foreach (KeyValuePair<string, DocumentField> fieldKvp in document.Fields)
    {
        string fieldName = fieldKvp.Key;
        DocumentField field = fieldKvp.Value;

        Console.WriteLine($"Field '{fieldName}': ");

        Console.WriteLine($"  Content: '{field.Content}'");
        Console.WriteLine($"  Confidence: '{field.Confidence}'");
    }
}

For more information and samples see here.

Manage Models

Manage the models stored in your account.

var client = new DocumentModelAdministrationClient(new Uri(endpoint), new AzureKeyCredential(apiKey));

// Check number of custom models in the Form Recognizer resource, and the maximum number of custom models that can be stored.
ResourceDetails resourceDetails = await client.GetResourceDetailsAsync();
Console.WriteLine($"Resource has {resourceDetails.CustomDocumentModelCount} custom models.");
Console.WriteLine($"It can have at most {resourceDetails.CustomDocumentModelLimit} custom models.");

// List the first ten or fewer models currently stored in the resource.
AsyncPageable<DocumentModelSummary> models = client.GetDocumentModelsAsync();

int count = 0;
await foreach (DocumentModelSummary modelSummary in models)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Custom Model Summary:");
    Console.WriteLine($"  Model Id: {modelSummary.ModelId}");
    if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(modelSummary.Description))
        Console.WriteLine($"  Model description: {modelSummary.Description}");
    Console.WriteLine($"  Created on: {modelSummary.CreatedOn}");
    if (++count == 10)
        break;
}

// Create a new model to store in the resource.
Uri blobContainerUri = new Uri("<blobContainerUri>");
BuildDocumentModelOperation operation = await client.BuildDocumentModelAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, blobContainerUri, DocumentBuildMode.Template);
DocumentModelDetails model = operation.Value;

// Get the model that was just created.
DocumentModelDetails newCreatedModel = await client.GetDocumentModelAsync(model.ModelId);

Console.WriteLine($"Custom Model with Id {newCreatedModel.ModelId} has the following information:");

Console.WriteLine($"  Model Id: {newCreatedModel.ModelId}");
if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(newCreatedModel.Description))
    Console.WriteLine($"  Model description: {newCreatedModel.Description}");
Console.WriteLine($"  Created on: {newCreatedModel.CreatedOn}");

// Delete the model from the resource.
await client.DeleteDocumentModelAsync(newCreatedModel.ModelId);

For more information and samples see here.

Manage Models Synchronously

Manage the models stored in your account with a synchronous API.

var client = new DocumentModelAdministrationClient(new Uri(endpoint), new AzureKeyCredential(apiKey));

// Check number of custom models in the Form Recognizer resource, and the maximum number of custom models that can be stored.
ResourceDetails resourceDetails = client.GetResourceDetails();
Console.WriteLine($"Resource has {resourceDetails.CustomDocumentModelCount} custom models.");
Console.WriteLine($"It can have at most {resourceDetails.CustomDocumentModelLimit} custom models.");

// List the first ten or fewer models currently stored in the resource.
Pageable<DocumentModelSummary> models = client.GetDocumentModels();

foreach (DocumentModelSummary modelSummary in models.Take(10))
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Custom Model Summary:");
    Console.WriteLine($"  Model Id: {modelSummary.ModelId}");
    if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(modelSummary.Description))
        Console.WriteLine($"  Model description: {modelSummary.Description}");
    Console.WriteLine($"  Created on: {modelSummary.CreatedOn}");
}

// Create a new model to store in the resource.

Uri blobContainerUri = new Uri("<blobContainerUri>");
BuildDocumentModelOperation operation = client.BuildDocumentModel(WaitUntil.Completed, blobContainerUri, DocumentBuildMode.Template);
DocumentModelDetails model = operation.Value;

// Get the model that was just created.
DocumentModelDetails newCreatedModel = client.GetDocumentModel(model.ModelId);

Console.WriteLine($"Custom Model with Id {newCreatedModel.ModelId} has the following information:");

Console.WriteLine($"  Model Id: {newCreatedModel.ModelId}");
if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(newCreatedModel.Description))
    Console.WriteLine($"  Model description: {newCreatedModel.Description}");
Console.WriteLine($"  Created on: {newCreatedModel.CreatedOn}");

// Delete the created model from the resource.
client.DeleteDocumentModel(newCreatedModel.ModelId);

Build a Document Classifier

Build a document classifier by uploading custom training documents.

// For this sample, you can use the training documents found in the `classifierTrainingFiles` folder.
// Upload the documents to your storage container and then generate a container SAS URL. Note
// that a container URI without SAS is accepted only when the container is public or has a
// managed identity configured.
//
// For instructions to set up documents for training in an Azure Blob Storage Container, please see:
// https://aka.ms/azsdk/formrecognizer/buildclassifiermodel

Uri trainingFilesUri = new Uri("<trainingFilesUri>");
var client = new DocumentModelAdministrationClient(new Uri(endpoint), new AzureKeyCredential(apiKey));

var sourceA = new BlobContentSource(trainingFilesUri) { Prefix = "IRS-1040-A/train" };
var sourceB = new BlobContentSource(trainingFilesUri) { Prefix = "IRS-1040-B/train" };

var documentTypes = new Dictionary<string, ClassifierDocumentTypeDetails>()
{
    { "IRS-1040-A", new ClassifierDocumentTypeDetails(sourceA) },
    { "IRS-1040-B", new ClassifierDocumentTypeDetails(sourceB) }
};

BuildDocumentClassifierOperation operation = await client.BuildDocumentClassifierAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, documentTypes);
DocumentClassifierDetails classifier = operation.Value;

Console.WriteLine($"  Classifier Id: {classifier.ClassifierId}");
Console.WriteLine($"  Created on: {classifier.CreatedOn}");

Console.WriteLine("  Document types the classifier can recognize:");
foreach (KeyValuePair<string, ClassifierDocumentTypeDetails> documentType in classifier.DocumentTypes)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"    {documentType.Key}");
}

For more information and samples see here.

Classify a Document

Use document classifiers to accurately detect and identify documents you process within your application.

string classifierId = "<classifierId>";
Uri fileUri = new Uri("<fileUri>");

ClassifyDocumentOperation operation = await client.ClassifyDocumentFromUriAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, classifierId, fileUri);
AnalyzeResult result = operation.Value;

Console.WriteLine($"Document was classified by classifier with ID: {result.ModelId}");

foreach (AnalyzedDocument document in result.Documents)
{
    Console.WriteLine($"Document of type: {document.DocumentType}");
}

For more information and samples see here.

Troubleshooting

General

When you interact with the Form Recognizer client library using the .NET SDK, errors returned by the service will result in a RequestFailedException with the same HTTP status code returned by the REST API request.

For example, if you submit a receipt image with an invalid Uri, a 400 error is returned, indicating "Bad Request".

try
{
    AnalyzeDocumentOperation operation = await client.AnalyzeDocumentFromUriAsync(WaitUntil.Completed, "prebuilt-receipt", new Uri("http://invalid.uri"));
}
catch (RequestFailedException e)
{
    Console.WriteLine(e.ToString());
}

You will notice that additional information is logged, like the client request ID of the operation.

Message:
    Azure.RequestFailedException: Service request failed.
    Status: 400 (Bad Request)
    ErrorCode: InvalidRequest

Content:
    {"error":{"code":"InvalidRequest","message":"Invalid request.","innererror":{"code":"InvalidContent","message":"The file is corrupted or format is unsupported. Refer to documentation for the list of supported formats."}}}

Headers:
    Transfer-Encoding: chunked
    x-envoy-upstream-service-time: REDACTED
    apim-request-id: REDACTED
    Strict-Transport-Security: REDACTED
    X-Content-Type-Options: REDACTED
    Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 02:55:44 GMT
    Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8

Error codes and messages raised by the Document Intelligence service can be found in the service documentation.

For more details about common issues, see our troubleshooting guide.

Setting up console logging

The simplest way to see the logs is to enable the console logging. To create an Azure SDK log listener that outputs messages to console use the AzureEventSourceListener.CreateConsoleLogger method.

// Setup a listener to monitor logged events.
using AzureEventSourceListener listener = AzureEventSourceListener.CreateConsoleLogger();

To learn more about other logging mechanisms see Diagnostics Samples.

Next steps

Samples showing how to use the Form Recognizer library are available in this GitHub repository. Samples are provided for each main functional area:

Note that these samples use SDK version 4.1.0. For version 3.1.1 or lower, see Form Recognizer Samples for V3.1.X.

Contributing

This project welcomes contributions and suggestions. Most contributions require you to agree to a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) declaring that you have the right to, and actually do, grant us the rights to use your contribution. For details, visit cla.microsoft.com.

When you submit a pull request, a CLA-bot will automatically determine whether you need to provide a CLA and decorate the PR appropriately (e.g., label, comment). Simply follow the instructions provided by the bot. You will only need to do this once across all repos using our CLA.

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact opencode@microsoft.com with any additional questions or comments.

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