QR Code Generators Online

There are quite a few QR Code generators online. Some of them like Barcode Maker simply cosmeticize the Google Chart API while others like ZXing have full MECARD encoding. Here are the best examples:

QR Code and 2D Code Generator
Kerem Erkan has produced an excellent QR Code, Micro QR Code, Datamatrix and Aztec Code
generator with many interesting features including URL shortening.

Configure size, version, error correction etc., and save as PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, XAML, SVG, EPS or all in a ZIP file.

Online Barcode Generator
Generates QR Codes and almost all other known barcode types, error correction and EPS download available.

Jason Delport’s Create QR Code
User interface for the Google Chart API with 500px x 500px maximum size.

50px x 50px images can be inserted in the code and output can be saved as gif or pdf.

QR Codes and Datamatrix codes at small, medium and large sizes.

One size but generates a QR Code and a Datamarix Code simultaneously.

Select encoding mode, multiple colors and upload background graphic.

Any color background or modules and many other options.

QReate & Track
Includes iCalendar and vCard formats and an option for real-time reporting.

QR Stuff
Lots of options here including color, batch printing with Avery label compatibility and send by email.

Can specify error correction levels.

Informatix QR-Code Generator
Allows different colours and shapes to be applied to the QR Code data blocks including the overlay of readable text and images. Displays the validity of the QR Code indicating if it is likely to be successfully scanned or not.

Visual QR Code generator, turn any image into a QR Code.

The QR Code Generator
Chrome app.

Includes encoding in MECARD format.

Stand alone Decoder and Encoder

The only known online Micro QR Code Generators are Kerem Erkan’s, TEC-IT and Terry Burton’s Online Barcode Generator.

64 thoughts on “QR Code Generators Online”

  1. Optiscan lets you scan – in realtime – and create QR codes on the iPhone. You can generate codes from the addressbook as well as by entering text. Optiscan is internationalised for Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and English.

    Optiscan is available on the AppStore now – http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=304099767&mt=8


    BeQRious – “hassle free scanning for iPhone users” – http://www.beqrious.com/show/optiscan-hassle-free-qr-code-scanning-for-iphone-users

    AppStore – UK – I have tested this on QR codes ranging from a few characters to thousands. I have scanned out of focus and crooked, and it always seems to be able to read the code. It’s fast, and it’s accurate.

    AppStore – Italy – Fra tutti i Matrix code scanners questo è l’ unico che decodifica al volo i qr codes prima di fare la foto. Perfetto!

    AppStore – Germany – So schnell kann man gar nicht schauen, wie dieses App Codes dekodiert. Funktionen und Übersichtlichkeit top, hat 6 Sterne verdient!

  2. @manuel MeCard is probably better for QR Code encoding because you can encode the same data with marginally less characters, normally leading to a smaller size QR Code.

  3. @Roger I agree with you. But I have tried with some Nokia mobiles (N92, 8500) and they do not read the MeCARD format with the default reader installed on them. 🙂

  4. @norman
    try visiting http://www.i-nigma.mobi on your phone (the mobile site identifies your phone and tells you if it can use the software or not) i am currently using the software on a se w810i and it seems to work quite well 🙂

    The question…
    Does anyone know of any good software for qr creation on xp?

  5. Good post and great site, Here is a post I developed as part of a series titled The Internet of Things. It is surprising that QR codes have taken this long to reach America and be adopted by the advertising crowd. Apparently, they don’t know a good thing when they see it.
    Thanks for the consolidated listing, I mentioned and link to it in the post.

  6. @John Bidder | January 28, 2011, 11:44 pm…

    John, the look of your site is quite nice, but the forced use of Google as a URL-shortener is a deal-breaker for many people. Two primary reasons in my view:

    1) There are a substantial number of people and organizations that just want to bring traffic to the front door rather than a deep link. Shortening by just a few characters brings no real benefit.

    2) Most QR readers now leverage the vastly improved imaging in the current crop of handheld devices. We aren’t really so locked into the old 1×1 matrix model and can safely use a 2×2 QR matrix now with more data and deep-linking long URLs.

    Please make URL-shortening optional.

    And if you’re feeling clever won’t you consider adding image embedding?

  7. @Jay From BKK I hear you Jay. Couple of nice things coming very soon (Hopefully Feb) that’ll make some people smile!! Thx for the feedback.

  8. Hi all I’m look to batch generate 700 codes from csv database. Ideally free of charge. Need to incorporate an individual name below each code. Any suggestions would great thx.

  9. You’ll want to be careful generating QR codes in color. I’m a PrePress guy, and the only ones we’ve printed that have worked reliably were black.

  10. I need a QR Code generator capable of creating ASCII special characters, e.g., , , and , so as to be able to create ISO messages.

  11. You didn’t like my scripts, so I will identify the hexadecimal value of the ASCII characters I would like to create as part of a message:

  12. Hey roger, do you have a list of QR code mobile apps? If so, feel free to add our app, a QR generator for Android that let’s you post your codes on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and more. Love your blog, thanks for all the hard work and spreading the QR love.

  13. I might be wrong, but the most versatile barcode generator I have come across is Terry Burton’s ‘postscriptbarcode’, ‘Barcode Writer in Pure PostScript’.

    The web-based online barcode generator is located at http://www.terryburton.co.uk/barcodewriter/generator/ and the projects main page is http://code.google.com/p/postscriptbarcode/

    It’s really not hard to write a few lines of postscript to generate the very barcode you need, and then run it through ‘gs’ (Ghostscript) to generate pdf or different image formats.

    The list of supported codes are impressive, to say the least, and µQR is indeed one of the choices.

    From project mainpage, supported formats:

    EAN-13, EAN-8, UPC-A, UPC-E, ISBN, ISMN, ISSN, EAN-5 & EAN-2 (EAN/UPC add-ons), GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Stacked, GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional, GS1 DataBar Truncated, GS1 DataBar Limited, GS1 DataBar Expanded, GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked, Code 128, GS1-128 (EAN-128), SSCC-18 (EAN-18, NVE), EAN-14 (DUN-14), GS1 Composite (EAN/UPC, GS1 DataBar and GS1-128), Code 39, Code 39 Extended, Code 93, Code 93 Extended, Code 32 (Italian Pharmacode), Pharmazentralnummer (PZN), Interleaved 2 of 5, ITF-14 (UPC SCS), Code 2 of 5 (Industrial, IATA, Matrix, Datalogic & COOP), Code 11 (USD-8), Codablock F, Code 16K, Code 49, Code One, BC412, Codabar (NW-7), Pharmacode (including two-track), MSI modified Plessey, Plessey UK, Telepen (including numeric), Channel Code, PosiCode, PDF417, MicroPDF417, Data Matrix, GS1 DataMatrix, QR Code (including Micro QR Code), MaxiCode, Aztec Code, USPS Intelligent Mail, USPS POSTNET, USPS PLANET, Royal Mail (RM4SCC), KIX (Dutch Postal), JapanPost, AusPost, Deutsche Post Identcode, Deutsche Post Leitcode, USPS FIM symbols, DAFT, Raw, Flattermarken, HIBC barcodes (Code 39, Code 128, Data Matrix, PDF417, MicroPDF417, QR Code, Codablock F)

    If you need some other obscure format you can let him know, and it might be implemented quite soon.

  14. I am still searching for a µQR reader, as apperantly many others are too.

    The zxing library is used by at least a bunch of the Android barcode readers, and it seems to be a stable and mature piece of software.

    Alas the development team shows little interest in adding support for µQR, as seen in their issue tracker, issue 185: http://code.google.com/p/zxing/issues/detail?id=185

    Several users are requesting this feature, with good arguments, I think, but still nothing seems to be happening.

  15. How can we be assured that QR codes will still work in 10 years? What if an artist wanted to install an engraved black/white tile QR code plaque for their public sculpture, for example with a link to artist’s web site, studio location Google map or an audio statement?

    How can that longevity be assured?

    Is it a matter of relying on the longevity of the hosting service for the audio file (archive.org or cinchcast.com), for instance or google maps, artist’s own web site?

    Any insight would be much appreciated.

  16. George, QR codes are here to stay. Certainly, if you pick google map, that wont change unless google trashes their whole MAPS system… how likely is that?
    I agree on a hosting for an individuals website… but that holds true today whether its a google search or others… they clean out file not found… but it still happens.
    Its up to the creator, to ensure longevity….
    Free hi res for many options of QR codes

  17. I’ve only been investigating a relatively short time, and keep reading about “qr killers.” Tech changes fast, but thankfully QR doesn’t have to rely on huge investment to be effective and valuable. As you say, keeping on top of your links chain is a responsibility of anyone who needs to stay connected.
    Your site is LOADED! – bears a long study.

    Wish you the best,

  18. This article makes me sad 🙁 Where is QRlicious on this list? It is the only one that has good pricing on custom QR codes, and the only one with a reseller program. Seriously… http://qrlicious.com

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