Learn from this tutorial how to make Barcode Reader app in Android Studio version 1.4 in 10 steps: Step 1Create New Android Project with Application name “Barcode Reader” and Minimum SDK, API9: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Step 2 – Complete the code in activity_main.xml file: Create a button for pressing to scan.
<Button android:id="@+id/scan_button"
    android:text="@string/scan" />
Add two Text Views to display your scanned information.
    android:layout_below="@id/scan_button" />
    android:layout_below="@id/scan_format" />
Step 3Add the button text “Scan” to strings.xml file.
<string name="scan">Scan</string>
Step 4Create New Package with name “com.google.zxing.integration.android”. Step 5Create New Java Class with name “IntentIntegrator“. Step 6Create New Java Class with name “IntentResult“. Project files:  Barcode Reader project files Step 7 – Complete the code in MainActivity.java
package com.example.toyo.barcodereader;

import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import com.google.zxing.integration.android.IntentIntegrator;
import com.google.zxing.integration.android.IntentResult;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity implements OnClickListener {
    private Button scanBtn;
    private TextView formatTxt, contentTxt;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        scanBtn = (Button)findViewById(R.id.scan_button);
        formatTxt = (TextView)findViewById(R.id.scan_format);
        contentTxt = (TextView)findViewById(R.id.scan_content);


    public void onClick(View v){
            IntentIntegrator scanIntegrator = new IntentIntegrator(this);

    public void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent intent) {
        IntentResult scanningResult = IntentIntegrator.parseActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, intent);
        if (scanningResult != null) {
            String scanContent = scanningResult.getContents();
            String scanFormat = scanningResult.getFormatName();
            formatTxt.setText("FORMAT: " + scanFormat);
            contentTxt.setText("CONTENT: " + scanContent);
            Toast toast = Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(),
                    "No scan data received!", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT);
Step 8 – Complete the code in IntentIntegrator.java
package com.google.zxing.integration.android;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Collection;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.app.AlertDialog;
import android.content.ActivityNotFoundException;
import android.content.DialogInterface;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.content.pm.PackageManager;
import android.content.pm.ResolveInfo;
import android.net.Uri;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;

public class IntentIntegrator {

    public static final int REQUEST_CODE = 0x0000c0de; // Only use bottom 16 bits
    private static final String TAG = IntentIntegrator.class.getSimpleName();

    public static final String DEFAULT_TITLE = "Install Barcode Scanner?";
    public static final String DEFAULT_MESSAGE =
            "This application requires Barcode Scanner. Would you like to install it?";
    public static final String DEFAULT_YES = "Yes";
    public static final String DEFAULT_NO = "No";

    private static final String BS_PACKAGE = "com.google.zxing.client.android";
    private static final String BSPLUS_PACKAGE = "com.srowen.bs.android";

    // supported barcode formats
    public static final Collection<String> PRODUCT_CODE_TYPES = list("UPC_A", "UPC_E", "EAN_8", "EAN_13", "RSS_14");
    public static final Collection<String> ONE_D_CODE_TYPES =
            list("UPC_A", "UPC_E", "EAN_8", "EAN_13", "CODE_39", "CODE_93", "CODE_128",
                    "ITF", "RSS_14", "RSS_EXPANDED");
    public static final Collection<String> QR_CODE_TYPES = Collections.singleton("QR_CODE");
    public static final Collection<String> DATA_MATRIX_TYPES = Collections.singleton("DATA_MATRIX");

    public static final Collection<String> ALL_CODE_TYPES = null;

    public static final List<String> TARGET_BARCODE_SCANNER_ONLY = Collections.singletonList(BS_PACKAGE);
    public static final List<String> TARGET_ALL_KNOWN = list(
            BS_PACKAGE, // Barcode Scanner
            BSPLUS_PACKAGE, // Barcode Scanner+
            BSPLUS_PACKAGE + ".simple" // Barcode Scanner+ Simple
            // What else supports this intent?

    private final Activity activity;
    private String title;
    private String message;
    private String buttonYes;
    private String buttonNo;
    private List<String> targetApplications;
    private final Map<String,Object> moreExtras;

    public IntentIntegrator(Activity activity) {
        this.activity = activity;
        title = DEFAULT_TITLE;
        message = DEFAULT_MESSAGE;
        buttonYes = DEFAULT_YES;
        buttonNo = DEFAULT_NO;
        targetApplications = TARGET_ALL_KNOWN;
        moreExtras = new HashMap<String,Object>(3);

    public String getTitle() {
        return title;

    public void setTitle(String title) {
        this.title = title;

    public void setTitleByID(int titleID) {
        title = activity.getString(titleID);

    public String getMessage() {
        return message;

    public void setMessage(String message) {
        this.message = message;

    public void setMessageByID(int messageID) {
        message = activity.getString(messageID);

    public String getButtonYes() {
        return buttonYes;

    public void setButtonYes(String buttonYes) {
        this.buttonYes = buttonYes;

    public void setButtonYesByID(int buttonYesID) {
        buttonYes = activity.getString(buttonYesID);

    public String getButtonNo() {
        return buttonNo;

    public void setButtonNo(String buttonNo) {
        this.buttonNo = buttonNo;

    public void setButtonNoByID(int buttonNoID) {
        buttonNo = activity.getString(buttonNoID);

    public Collection<String> getTargetApplications() {
        return targetApplications;

    public final void setTargetApplications(List<String> targetApplications) {
        if (targetApplications.isEmpty()) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException("No target applications");
        this.targetApplications = targetApplications;

    public void setSingleTargetApplication(String targetApplication) {
        this.targetApplications = Collections.singletonList(targetApplication);

    public Map<String,?> getMoreExtras() {
        return moreExtras;

    public final void addExtra(String key, Object value) {
        moreExtras.put(key, value);

    public final AlertDialog initiateScan() {
        return initiateScan(ALL_CODE_TYPES);

    public final AlertDialog initiateScan(Collection<String> desiredBarcodeFormats) {
        Intent intentScan = new Intent(BS_PACKAGE + ".SCAN");

        // check which types of codes to scan for
        if (desiredBarcodeFormats != null) {
            // set the desired barcode types
            StringBuilder joinedByComma = new StringBuilder();
            for (String format : desiredBarcodeFormats) {
                if (joinedByComma.length() > 0) {
            intentScan.putExtra("SCAN_FORMATS", joinedByComma.toString());

        String targetAppPackage = findTargetAppPackage(intentScan);
        if (targetAppPackage == null) {
            return showDownloadDialog();
        startActivityForResult(intentScan, REQUEST_CODE);
        return null;

    protected void startActivityForResult(Intent intent, int code) {
        activity.startActivityForResult(intent, code);

    private String findTargetAppPackage(Intent intent) {
        PackageManager pm = activity.getPackageManager();
        List<ResolveInfo> availableApps = pm.queryIntentActivities(intent, PackageManager.MATCH_DEFAULT_ONLY);
        if (availableApps != null) {
            for (ResolveInfo availableApp : availableApps) {
                String packageName = availableApp.activityInfo.packageName;
                if (targetApplications.contains(packageName)) {
                    return packageName;
        return null;

    private AlertDialog showDownloadDialog() {
        AlertDialog.Builder downloadDialog = new AlertDialog.Builder(activity);
        downloadDialog.setPositiveButton(buttonYes, new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(DialogInterface dialogInterface, int i) {
                String packageName = targetApplications.get(0);
                Uri uri = Uri.parse("market://details?id=" + packageName);
                Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, uri);
                try {
                } catch (ActivityNotFoundException anfe) {
                    // Hmm, market is not installed
                    Log.w(TAG, "Google Play is not installed; cannot install " + packageName);
        downloadDialog.setNegativeButton(buttonNo, new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(DialogInterface dialogInterface, int i) {}
        return downloadDialog.show();

    public static IntentResult parseActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent intent) {
        if (requestCode == REQUEST_CODE) {
            if (resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK) {
                String contents = intent.getStringExtra("SCAN_RESULT");
                String formatName = intent.getStringExtra("SCAN_RESULT_FORMAT");
                byte[] rawBytes = intent.getByteArrayExtra("SCAN_RESULT_BYTES");
                int intentOrientation = intent.getIntExtra("SCAN_RESULT_ORIENTATION", Integer.MIN_VALUE);
                Integer orientation = intentOrientation == Integer.MIN_VALUE ? null : intentOrientation;
                String errorCorrectionLevel = intent.getStringExtra("SCAN_RESULT_ERROR_CORRECTION_LEVEL");
                return new IntentResult(contents,
            return new IntentResult();
        return null;

    public final AlertDialog shareText(CharSequence text, CharSequence type) {
        Intent intent = new Intent();
        intent.setAction(BS_PACKAGE + ".ENCODE");
        intent.putExtra("ENCODE_TYPE", type);
        intent.putExtra("ENCODE_DATA", text);
        String targetAppPackage = findTargetAppPackage(intent);
        if (targetAppPackage == null) {
            return showDownloadDialog();
        return null;

    private static List<String> list(String... values) {
        return Collections.unmodifiableList(Arrays.asList(values));

    private void attachMoreExtras(Intent intent) {
        for (Map.Entry<String,Object> entry : moreExtras.entrySet()) {
            String key = entry.getKey();
            Object value = entry.getValue();
            // Kind of hacky
            if (value instanceof Integer) {
                intent.putExtra(key, (Integer) value);
            } else if (value instanceof Long) {
                intent.putExtra(key, (Long) value);
            } else if (value instanceof Boolean) {
                intent.putExtra(key, (Boolean) value);
            } else if (value instanceof Double) {
                intent.putExtra(key, (Double) value);
            } else if (value instanceof Float) {
                intent.putExtra(key, (Float) value);
            } else if (value instanceof Bundle) {
                intent.putExtra(key, (Bundle) value);
            } else {
                intent.putExtra(key, value.toString());
Step 9 – Complete the code in IntentResult.java
package com.google.zxing.integration.android;

public final class IntentResult {

    private final String contents;
    private final String formatName;
    private final byte[] rawBytes;
    private final Integer orientation;
    private final String errorCorrectionLevel;

    IntentResult() {
        this(null, null, null, null, null);

    IntentResult(String contents,
                 String formatName,
                 byte[] rawBytes,
                 Integer orientation,
                 String errorCorrectionLevel) {
        this.contents = contents;
        this.formatName = formatName;
        this.rawBytes = rawBytes;
        this.orientation = orientation;
        this.errorCorrectionLevel = errorCorrectionLevel;

    public String getContents() {
        return contents;

    public String getFormatName() {
        return formatName;

    public byte[] getRawBytes() {
        return rawBytes;

    public Integer getOrientation() {
        return orientation;

    public String getErrorCorrectionLevel() {
        return errorCorrectionLevel;

    public String toString() {
        StringBuilder dialogText = new StringBuilder(100);
        dialogText.append("Format: ").append(formatName).append('\n');
        dialogText.append("Contents: ").append(contents).append('\n');
        int rawBytesLength = rawBytes == null ? 0 : rawBytes.length;
        dialogText.append("Raw bytes: (").append(rawBytesLength).append(" bytes)\n");
        dialogText.append("Orientation: ").append(orientation).append('\n');
        dialogText.append("EC level: ").append(errorCorrectionLevel).append('\n');
        return dialogText.toString();

Step 10Export app from Android Studio. Run your exported app on a device instead of an emulator and feel free to scan any barcode. Watch the video tutorial to create Barcode Reader app in Android Studio version 1.4: For further questions leave a message. Exemple: scan this barcode Scan barcode You should see the text: found book FORMAT: EAN_13 CONTENT: 9780123456786 Download app-release.apk from here and install it on your device to scan barcodes.


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import com.google.zxing.integration.android.IntentIntegrator;
import com.google.zxing.integration.android.IntentResult;

is not recognised as zxing library is not imported anywhere – where to do this?

    On app, right click -> New -> Package and enter the name:
    (check to be written correctly).
    Follow tutorial above step by step and you’ll see is working.

      Hello, can you please post a video on how i can implement mysql to save bar codes data and retrieve them also? Thank you


    You can download project files with source code from here:

      I am a beginner , when I tried with your code , see the error report . pls help me .
      Information:Gradle tasks [:app:assembleDebug]
      :app:preBuild UP-TO-DATE
      :app:preDebugBuild UP-TO-DATE
      :app:preReleaseBuild UP-TO-DATE
      :app:prepareComAndroidSupportAnimatedVectorDrawable2400Library UP-TO-DATE
      :app:prepareComAndroidSupportAppcompatV72400Library UP-TO-DATE
      :app:prepareComAndroidSupportSupportV42400Library UP-TO-DATE
      :app:prepareComAndroidSupportSupportVectorDrawable2400Library UP-TO-DATE
      :app:compileDebugAidl UP-TO-DATE
      :app:compileDebugRenderscript UP-TO-DATE
      :app:mergeDebugShaders UP-TO-DATE
      :app:compileDebugShaders UP-TO-DATE
      :app:generateDebugAssets UP-TO-DATE
      :app:mergeDebugAssets UP-TO-DATE
      :app:generateDebugResValues UP-TO-DATE
      :app:generateDebugResources UP-TO-DATE
      Error:Error: Unsupported type ‘Button’
      :app:mergeDebugResources FAILED
      Error:Execution failed for task ‘:app:mergeDebugResources’.
      > C:UsersunniAndroidStudioProjectsMTANSBSCANappsrcmainresvalues-w820dpdimens.xml: Error: Unsupported type ‘Button’
      Information:BUILD FAILED
      Information:Total time: 10.454 secs
      Information:2 errors
      Information:0 warnings
      Information:See complete output in console

      thank u.

      i want a source code like ,
      once if u scanned product, if the product is exist .
      it should show popup or else
      it should add that product to master table..
      plz help me…

Nice work, its helps me lot, thank you

This was a really great tutorial! Helped loads with my project. Thanks!

how to connect barcode reader with sql light database..

    You don’t “connect” it… You get a value from the reader and you can do whatever you want with it. Even save it to a database. Database is a different topic which you can find with Google yourself…

Hi, can i save this barcode value for verification?

    Yes. You can. Why wouldn’t you?

hi! thanks for a wonderful tutorial. What about if I want to do a standalone barcode reader? what changes should I make to the code? Many thanks, again.

Thank you!! Very simple and it works!!!

What I have to do if i would like create a barcode scanner without an another application? Can I do it? Thank

how to show the list of scanned barcodes on the same screen

hello app asks for Install Barcode Scanner ? After confirming installation nothing happens…

when i am making this source code to library…it is showing this error
anyone could help??

Error:Dependency io.realm:app:1.0.0 on project mobile resolves to an APK archive which is not supported as a compilation dependency. File: C:\Users\s881979\Documents\Source\DeviceInventory\app\build\outputs\apk\app-release-unsigned.apk

it show me message your applicatioin requires barcode scanner

Beginner here … I follow the steps and try it on other barcode’s , it work’s . Got some question how i get some result like grocery item price by just scanning the bar code (database check) , does’t possible ? .

can you give me a link to that , I will appreciate it tnx.

Thank’s to uploader

Great Tutorial..But you forgot about the Permissions required in the Android Manifest

How would I change the layout of Scanning Barcode?

Error:Unknown host ‘services.gradle.org’. You may need to adjust the proxy settings in Gradle.
Learn about configuring HTTP proxies in Gradle
I am facing this problem .Plz help me

can the scanner read QR code?

Please send the android studio source code for Finger print image verification

After the reveal of the code , how can I make the app able to afford ( extract) the product’s infos ( brand ; type , headquarters ‘ phone number) from the database installed in the server..?

Hi…. can I know on which part that i can added orientation for scanner that support for portrait and landscape?

Thanks 🙂

can I run this app without any external app?
pls respond

how can I use this barcode scanner with front Camera.

can you please show me the output of above code

and very thanks for your code …

But it not run in my android studio
I thik that my version is 3.2 and your code writen by version 1.4

Can i change this code for my current version?
And have you new code for this version?

    Hi Naser. I recently implement this tutorial on Android Studio 3.1.3 in it works fine. I can send you my simple project if you want.

      Can I see also your sample project? It could be really helpful for my capstone project as I implementing barcode scanner

I test your code in android studio 3.1.3 and it works fine. thank you so much. you save my time.

Nice. It is working

Can i implement it within Fragment?

please provide me screenshots of layouts

can you please show me the output of above code

can you please help me
it not working it give me error
under Gradle Build :
Error:(5, 44) error: IntentIntegrator is not public in com.google.zxing.integration.android; cannot be accessed from outside package
Error:(33, 13) error: cannot find symbol class IntentIntegrator
Error:(33, 51) error: cannot find symbol class IntentIntegrator
Error:(39, 39) error: cannot find symbol variable IntentIntegrator
Note: C:\Users\COMPUTER\AndroidStudioProjects\BarcodeReader\app\src\main\java\com\google\zxing\integration\android\IntentIntegrator.java uses or overrides a deprecated API.
Note: Recompile with -Xlint:deprecation for details.
Error:Execution failed for task ‘:app:compileReleaseJavaWithJavac’.
> Compilation failed; see the compiler error output for details.

after scan book now I want to know the book name & author-name in a text view. How it is possible?

can i scan numbers only ?

Good article thanks for sharing

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