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Embedding BarcodeView

For more control over the UI or scanning behaviour, some components may be used directly:

  • BarcodeView: Handles displaying the preview and decoding of the barcodes.
  • DecoratedBarcodeView: Combines BarcodeView with a viewfinder for feedback, as well as some status / prompt text.
  • CaptureManager: Manages the InactivityTimer, BeepManager, orientation lock, and returning of the barcode result.

These components can be used from any Activity or Fragment.

This is much more low-level than using IntentIntegrator. Your code becomes responsible for:

  • Setting up the BarcodeView (doesn't have all the helpers from IntentIntegrator)*
  • Requesting permission to do the Camera.
  • Making sure only one Camera instance is active at a time.
  • Handling the scan results.


Notes on threading

For a responsive user interface, all camera operations happen on a dedicated background thread. In most cases this doesn't matter, but it does mean that the camera is not released immediately when the BarcodeView is paused. If you want to start using the camera for something else immediately after scanning, use BarcodeView#pauseAndWait() instead of BarcodeView#pause(). This will block the main thread until the camera is released.

Notes on scaling

On each Android device, the camera has a set list of available preview sizes. When embedding the barcode scanning along with other components on an Activity, there will almost never be a preview size that matches up exactly, so we have to pick one and scale and/or crop it.

Also affecting this is that either SurfaceView or TextureView can be used to display the preview. SurfaceView has better performance, but does not support cropping. TextureView is more powerful, but has some performance overhead, and is only supported on Android API 14+. We use SurfaceView by default.

To avoid aspect ratio distortion, we can crop the preview. However, in some combinations of SurfaceView and other components, the camera preview may end up displaying outside the SurfaceView, and over other components. This happens especially when:

  1. Placing the scanner inside a dialog, or:
  2. Other components are placed before the (Decorated)BarcodeView, resulting in a lower z-order.

For these cases we have two solutions:

  1. Use TextureView instead of SurfaceView. This may have a performance impact, but solves the above issues. Note that this is only available with Android API 14+.

  2. Use either fitCenter or fitXY for scaling, instead of centerCrop. Note that fitCenter may result in black bars next to the preview, and fitXY may distort the aspect ratio.

The default is to:

  1. Use TextureView on Android API 14+, SurfaceView on lower versions.
  2. Use centerCrop scaling when TextureView is used.
  3. Use fitCenter if SurfaceView is used.

You can override these options:

        app:zxing_use_texture_view="false" (defaults to true, only has an effect on Android API 14+)
        app:zxing_preview_scaling_strategy="centerCrop"/> (or fitCenter / fitXY)

For a full-screen barcode scanner with no Toolbar, the recommended options are:

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