1.4.0 • Public • Published


Barcode scanner Monaca Plugin.


This plugin provides a scanning barcode feature. Detect barcode or QR Code1 by device's camera and returns extracted strings.

Scanning mode

  • Normal mode
    The detected code is displayed on screen and selected by tapping(clicking).
  • One Shot mode
    The first detected code is selected and screen closed automatically.

Detection timeout message

A Specified message can be displayed if no code is detected for a certain period.

Supported Platforms

Build Environments

  • Cordova 11.0.0 or later
  • cordova-android@10.1.2 or later
  • cordova-ios@6.2.0 or later

Operating Environments

  • Android 5.1 or later (9 or later recommended)
  • iOS 11 or later (13 or later recommended)

Supported Barcode Types

  • EAN_8
  • EAN_13
  • ITF
  • CODE_128
  • CODE_39 and more...


  • As of ver.1.4.0, we have expanded supported barcode types.
    This plugin now scans almost all formats supported by the iOS or Android MKKit.
  • In additional to the types mentioned above, following types will be scanned.
    • CODE_93, AZTEC, DATA_MATRIX, UPC_E, and others.
  • Some formats are exclusively supported on iOS.

See here for the caution of detection.

Some devices may fail to detect barcodes. See here for details.

API Reference

monaca.BarcodeScanner.scan(successCallback, failCallback[, options])
  • Calling scan () will transition to the scanner screen.
  • When the barcode is detected, the extracted character string is displayed below the frame.(Normal mode)
  • Tap the string to return to the original screen and the string and barcode type will be returned to successCallback.
  • In the case of One Shot mode, the first detected code is returned and screen is closed automatically.
  • When returned to the original screen without selecting the string, the detection will be cancelled. In order to return to the original screen, click the "Close" (X on the screen) button for iOS and the "Back" button for Android.



result: following data

  data: {
    "text": "xxxxxxxx"  // detected string
    "format": "QR_CODE"  // barcode type
  cancelled: false // detection cancelled(true) or not(false)



error: error message(string)

message description
"permission denied" camera permission is not granted.


  "oneShot" : true,
  "timeoutPrompt" : {
    "show" : true,
    "timeout" : 5,
    "prompt" : "Not detected"
  "debug" : {
    "preview" : 0
parameter type default value description
oneShot boolean false Enable or disable One Shot mode.
timeoutPrompt.show boolean false Show or hide detection timeout message.
timeoutPrompt.timeout int - Period(in seconds) from when the barcode not detected until the message is displayed.
timeoutPrompt.prompt string "Barcode not detected" Timeout message.
(android only)
int 0 Displays camera preview bitmap(before sending to MLKit) on screen.
0: OFF(default)
1: Inside detection area
2: Whole camera image


  monaca.BarcodeScanner.scan((result) => {
    if (result.cancelled) {
      // scan cancelled
    } else {
      // scan
      const detected_text = result.data.text;
      const detected_format = result.data.format;
  }, (error) => {
    // permission error
    const error_message = error;
  }, {
    "oneShot" : true,
    "timeoutPrompt" : {
      "show" : true,
      "timeout" : 5,
      "prompt" : "Not detected"

iOS Quirks

Since iOS 10, it's mandatory to provide a usage description in the info.plist.
The description string is displayed in the permission dialog box.

This plugin requires the following usage descriptions:

  • NSCameraUsageDescription specifies the reason for your app to access the device's camera.

To add these entries ito the info.plist, you can use the <edit-config> tag in the config.xml file like this:

    <platform name="ios">
        <edit-config target="NSCameraUsageDescription" file="*-Info.plist" mode="merge">
            <string>need camera access to scan barcode</string>

Android Quirks


The library androidx.camera:camera-view used internally requires compileSDKVersion>=31.

To specify the compileSdkVersion in Cordova, you should set android-targetSdkVersion by using the <preference> tag in the config.xml file like this:

<preference name="android-targetSdkVersion" value="31" />

Barcode detection problem due to device model dependency

This plugin detects barcodes by processing the image captured by the camera (ImageProxy) and passing it to the barcode detection library (MLKit).
ImageProxy can store images in a variety of formats, and it depends on the device what format the camera captures.
Some devices may fail to detect barcodes because they are captured in a format not supported by the plugin.

Supported format

version supported format
before ver.1.2.1 - Support JPEG or YUV_420_888
- Support only when plane buffer's rowStride is same as ImageWidth
ver.1.3.0 - Support when plane buffer's rowStride is different from ImageWidth

How to check for unsupported image formats

You can check the device compatibility by using the debug preview feature added in ver.1.3.0.

  • Enable debug preview in config
  monaca.BarcodeScanner.scan((result) => {
    if (result.cancelled) {
      // scan cancelled
    } else {
      // scan
  }, (error) => {
    // permission error
    const error_message = error;
  }, {
    "debug" : {
      "preview" : 1
  • Thumbnail of the image before barcode detection are displayed on the scan screen.

If this thumbnail image is displayed distorted, it will be a device that does not support.


About detecting barcode

ITF code (since ver.1.2.0)


  • For iOS, only ITF-14 (14 digits ITF) is supported.
  • For Android, various digits ITF is supported.


  • Various digits ITF is supported on iOS.

Other barcode


  • Because some barcode standard is prone to cause misdetection, requiring the barcode to be exactly positioned within the detection area.



  1. QR Code is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED in Japan and in other countries.

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