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NativeScript BarcodeScanner

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Want a quick demo?

git clone https://github.com/EddyVerbruggen/nativescript-barcodescanner barcodedemo
cd barcodedemo/src
npm install
npm run demo.android (or demo.ios / demo.ios.device)

Supported barcode types

iOS and Android

  • AZTEC (on Android only when passed in explicity via formats)
  • CODE_39
  • CODE_93
  • CODE_128
  • DATA_MATRIX
  • EAN_8
  • EAN_13
  • ITF (also known as ITF14)
  • PDF_417 (on Android only when passed in explicity via formats)
  • QR_CODE
  • UPC_E

Android only

  • CODABAR
  • MAXICODE
  • RSS_14
  • UPC_A

Installation

From the command prompt go to your app's root folder and execute:

tns plugin add nativescript-barcodescanner

Embedding the scanner (iOS)

If you need to embed the scanner for Android as well, please consider using the Machine Learning powered Barcode scanner I've added to the ML Kit feature of the NativeScript Firebase plugin!

As you can see, you can style the view any way you like, and even overlay it with an image or button. To recreate the layout above, look at these lines in the demo app.

XML

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.nativescript.org/tns.xsd" xmlns:Barcode="nativescript-barcodescanner">

Here's an example tag, showing all currently supported options. The property defaults are equal to the scan function.

<iOS>
    <Barcode:BarcodeScannerView
      class="scanner-round"
      formats="QR_CODE, EAN_13"
      beepOnScan="true"
      reportDuplicates="true"
      preferFrontCamera="false"
      scanResult="onScanResult" />
</iOS>

Embedding in Angular

Component / Module:

import { registerElement } from "nativescript-angular/element-registry";
registerElement("BarcodeScanner", () => require("nativescript-barcodescanner").BarcodeScannerView);

View:

<BarcodeScanner
      class="scanner-round"
      formats="QR_CODE, EAN_13"
      beepOnScan="true"
      reportDuplicates="true"
      preferFrontCamera="false"
      (scanResult)="onScanResult($event)">
</BarcodeScanner>

See the 'demo-ng' for details.

iOS runtime permission reason

You've probably seen a permission popup like this before (this plugin will trigger one as well, automatically):

iOS 10+ requires not only this popup, but also a reason. In this case it's "We'd like to use the Camera ..".

You can provide your own reason for accessing the camera by adding something like this to app/App_Resources/ios/Info.plist:

  <key>NSCameraUsageDescription</key>
  <string>My reason justifying fooling around with your camera</string>

To not crash your app in case you forgot to provide the reason this plugin adds an empty reason to the .plist during build. This value gets overridden by anything you specify yourself.

Usage

Tip: during a scan you can use the volume up/down buttons to toggle the torch.

function: scan (single mode)

TypeScript

  import { BarcodeScanner } from "nativescript-barcodescanner";
  let barcodescanner = new BarcodeScanner();

  barcodescanner.scan({
    formats: "QR_CODE, EAN_13",
    cancelLabel: "EXIT. Also, try the volume buttons!", // iOS only, default 'Close'
    cancelLabelBackgroundColor: "#333333", // iOS only, default '#000000' (black)
    message: "Use the volume buttons for extra light", // Android only, default is 'Place a barcode inside the viewfinder rectangle to scan it.'
    showFlipCameraButton: true,   // default false
    preferFrontCamera: false,     // default false
    showTorchButton: true,        // default false
    beepOnScan: true,             // Play or Suppress beep on scan (default true)
    torchOn: false,               // launch with the flashlight on (default false)
    closeCallback: () => { console.log("Scanner closed")}, // invoked when the scanner was closed (success or abort)
    resultDisplayDuration: 500,   // Android only, default 1500 (ms), set to 0 to disable echoing the scanned text
    orientation: orientation,     // Android only, default undefined (sensor-driven orientation), other options: portrait|landscape
    openSettingsIfPermissionWasPreviouslyDenied: true // On iOS you can send the user to the settings app if access was previously denied
  }).then((result) => {
      // Note that this Promise is never invoked when a 'continuousScanCallback' function is provided
      alert({
        title: "Scan result",
        message: "Format: " + result.format + ",\nValue: " + result.text,
        okButtonText: "OK"
      });
    }, (errorMessage) => {
      console.log("No scan. " + errorMessage);
    }
  );

JavaScript

  var BarcodeScanner = require("nativescript-barcodescanner").BarcodeScanner;
  var barcodescanner = new BarcodeScanner();

  barcodescanner.scan({
    formats: "QR_CODE,PDF_417",   // Pass in of you want to restrict scanning to certain types
    cancelLabel: "EXIT. Also, try the volume buttons!", // iOS only, default 'Close'
    cancelLabelBackgroundColor: "#333333", // iOS only, default '#000000' (black)
    message: "Use the volume buttons for extra light", // Android only, default is 'Place a barcode inside the viewfinder rectangle to scan it.'
    showFlipCameraButton: true,   // default false
    preferFrontCamera: false,     // default false
    showTorchButton: true,        // default false
    beepOnScan: true,             // Play or Suppress beep on scan (default true)
    torchOn: false,               // launch with the flashlight on (default false)
    closeCallback: function () { console.log("Scanner closed"); }, // invoked when the scanner was closed (success or abort)
    resultDisplayDuration: 500,   // Android only, default 1500 (ms), set to 0 to disable echoing the scanned text
    orientation: "landscape",     // Android only, optionally lock the orientation to either "portrait" or "landscape"
    openSettingsIfPermissionWasPreviouslyDenied: true // On iOS you can send the user to the settings app if access was previously denied
  }).then(
      function(result) {
        console.log("Scan format: " + result.format);
        console.log("Scan text:   " + result.text);
      },
      function(error) {
        console.log("No scan: " + error);
      }
  );

function: scan (bulk / continuous mode)

In this mode the scanner will continuously report scanned codes back to your code, but it will only be dismissed if the user tells it to, or you call stop programmatically.

The plugin handles duplicates for you so don't worry about checking those; every result withing the same scan session is unique unless you set reportDuplicates to true.

Here's an example of scanning 3 unique QR codes and then stopping scanning programmatically. You'll notice that the Promise will no longer receive the result as there may be many results:

JavaScript

  var count = 0;
  barcodescanner.scan({
    formats: "QR_CODE",
    // this callback will be invoked for every unique scan in realtime!
    continuousScanCallback: function (result) {
      count++;
      console.log(result.format + ": " + result.text + " (count: " + count + ")");
      if (count === 3) {
        barcodescanner.stop();
      }
    },
    closeCallback: function () { console.log("Scanner closed"); }, // invoked when the scanner was closed
    reportDuplicates: false // which is the default
  }).then(
      function() {
        console.log("We're now reporting scan results in 'continuousScanCallback'");
      },
      function(error) {
        console.log("No scan: " + error);
      }
  );

function: available

Note that the iOS implementation will always return true at the moment, on Android we actually check for a camera to be available.

JavaScript

  var barcodescanner = require("nativescript-barcodescanner");

  barcodescanner.available().then(
      function(avail) {
        console.log("Available? " + avail);
      }
  );

function: hasCameraPermission / requestCameraPermission

On Android 6+ you need to request permission to use the camera at runtime when targeting API level 23+. Even if the uses-permission tag for the Camera is present in AndroidManifest.xml.

On iOS 10+ there's something similar going on.

Since version 1.5.0 you can let the plugin handle this for you (if need be a prompt will be shown to the user when the scanner launches), but if for some reason you want to handle permissions yourself you can use these functions.

JavaScript

  barcodescanner.hasCameraPermission().then(
      function(granted) {
        // if this is 'false' you probably want to call 'requestCameraPermission' now
        console.log("Has Camera Permission? " + result);
      }
  );

  // if no permission was granted previously this wil open a user consent screen
  barcodescanner.requestCameraPermission().then(
      function() {
        console.log("Camera permission requested");
      }
  );

Usage with nativescript-angular

When using Angular 2, it is best to inject dependencies into your classes. Here is an example of how you can set up nativescript-barcodescanner in an Angular 2 app with dependency injection.

  1. Register the provider with your module
    //app.module.ts
    import { NgModule, ValueProvider } from '@angular/core';
    import { BarcodeScanner } from 'nativescript-barcodescanner';
    //other imports
    
    @NgModule({
      //bootstrap, declarations, imports, etc.
      providers: [
        BarcodeScanner
      ]
    })
    export class AppModule {}
  2. Inject it into your component
    // my-component.ts
    import { Component, Inject } from '@angular/core';
    import { BarcodeScanner } from 'nativescript-barcodescanner';
    
    @Component({ ... })
    export class MyComponent {
      constructor(private barcodeScanner: BarcodeScanner) {
      }
    
      //use the barcodescanner wherever you need it. See general usage above.
      scanBarcode() {
        this.barcodeScanner.scan({ ... });
      }
    }

Webpack usage

If you run into an error when Webpacking, open app.module.ts and add this:

import { BarcodeScanner } from "nativescript-barcodescanner";

export function createBarcodeScanner() {
  return new BarcodeScanner();
}

providers: [
  { provide: BarcodeScanner, useFactory: (createBarcodeScanner) }
]

Troubleshooting

If you get the error TypeError: Cannot read property 'zxing' of undefined on android, try the following steps:

  1. Delete the app from your device
  2. Remove the folder platforms/android. This triggers a complete rebuild
  3. run tns run android

Dependencies / Related Projects

This plugin wraps libaries for Android and iOS to make the barcode scanner easily accessible via a unified API. The Libraries used are:

iOS

Custom Framework to access iOS APIs: https://github.com/EddyVerbruggen/ios-framework-barcodescanner

Android

ZXing: https://github.com/zxing/zxing/releases

As using that library as a direct dependency was not practical, there is a library-project that adopts the sources from ZXing and copiles them into a AAR for usage on android: https://github.com/EddyVerbruggen/barcodescanner-lib-aar/