We present a deterministic black box solution for online approximate matching. Given a pattern of length m and a streaming text of length n that arrives one character at a time, the task is to report the distance between the pattern and a sliding window of the text as soon as the new character arrives. Our solution requires time for each input character, where T(n,m) is the total running time of the best offline algorithm. The types of approximation that are supported include exact matching with wildcards, matching under the Hamming norm, approximating the Hamming norm, k-mismatch and numerical measures such as the L 2 and L 1 norms. For these examples, the resulting online algorithms take O(log2 m), , O(log2 m/ε 2), , O(log2 m) and time per character respectively. The space overhead is O(m) which we show is optimal.