Barcode Scanner (application)

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Barcode Scanner (aka ZXing or Zebra Crossing)
Developer(s)Sean Owen, Daniel Switkin, ZXing Team
Initial release1 March 2008 (2008-03-01)
Stable release
4.7.8[1] / 11 September 2018; 11 months ago (2018-09-11)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inJava
Operating systemAndroid
LicenseApache License 2.0
WebsiteMain site
Google Play
Barcode Scanner scanning a QR code

The application Barcode Scanner is an Android app, from the open-source project ZXing (short for Zebra Crossing), that allows an Android device with imaging hardware (a built-in camera) to scan barcodes or 2-D 2D graphical barcodes and retrieve the data encoded. Information encoded often includes web addresses, geographical coordinates, and small pieces of text, in addition to commercial product codes. This Android-based system has similar functionality to a hardware barcode reader.

This application supports many different types of barcodes, including those used to identify products in commerce. The Barcode Scanner can automatically search the Web to identify a product with a barcode and use, for example, price-comparison information between vendors.

The application can decode several 2 codes including the widely-used QR and Data Matrix codes. QR codes are often embedded in websites; Barcode Scanner can open a browser at the encoded site, for example, facilitating the download of an application.

As of May 2016, this is one of the most popular Android applications as listed by Google Play, with over 600,000 ratings and over 126 million user installs.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "Releases - zxing/zxing". 11 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ "BarcodeScanner". Google Play.
  3. ^ "Barcode Scanner App Ranking and Store Data". AppAnnie.

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