QR Code and 2d Barcode Readers

Mobile device manufacturers are increasingly supplying their products with barcode readers pre-installed. For example Nokia Barcode Reader is pre-installed on the N82, N93, N93i, N95, E66, E71 and E90. If this is not the case for your mobile device check the readers below for your model and download the appropriate application version via the links.

The best of the available readers in alphabetical order are:

i-nigma is pre-installed by all of Japan’s major mobile manufacturers and reads QR Code, Datamatrix, EAN13, EAN8, UPC-A and UPC-E.
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Mobiletag scans 1D barcodes EAN 13 and UPC as well as the 2D barcodes Datamatrix, QR Code, Flashcode and Fotokody.
Compatability and download instructions

NeoReader supports a range of mobile devices and reads QR codes, Datamatrix, Aztec Codes, EAN, UPC and Code 128.
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ScanLife supports a wide range of mobile devices and reads and the proprietary code EZcode.
Compatability and download instructions

Kaywa supports a range of mobile devices and reads QR Code and Datamatrix.
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Zxing has clients for Android, Java, and iPhone but not Windows mobile devices and reads QR Code, Code 39, Code 128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8 and EAN-13.
Compatability and download instructions

Stand alone Encoder and Decoder

For the iPhone Qrafter and Optiscan are very good and also try QuickMark.

13 thoughts on “QR Code and 2d Barcode Readers”

  1. Thanks,

    very helpful! Just forwarded the URL to one of our customers.


    Btw: For the Google G1 there is also another application available:

    – “ShopSavvy”

    (Download via Android marketplace).

  2. Nice Post.

    Would like to add that ScanLife also reads Datamatrix and QR Codes. Ezcodes are just easier to scan from a wide variety of devices.

    The ScanLife app for Android platform reads Datamatrix, QR Code, UPC/ EAN , Code 39 and Code 128 in addition to Ezcodes.

    Also the link to get the supported phones is: http://www.scanlife.com/us/appdownload.html The link posted does not seem to work right now.

  3. Thanks for this comprehensive list of readers. I notice that Lynkee is missing in the list …one of the best free readers so far available on the market (the best IMO at least on my old Blackberry 8310 and my new Android Galaxy).

  4. For reading QR codes directly from images in web pages in Android browser or gmail attachments, I use “QR Droid” in my Nexus One. Really helpful.

  5. nice! i would like to know though if generate a v-card with nokia site can this be scanned by say the iphone? does iphone come with a scanner pre installed like nokia?

  6. Is there a single, Mobile page for iPhone users that gives a range of available apps? I’d like to have a shortened URL on print pieces to direct new QR users to a page they can DL a scanner of their choosing.

  7. Sorry, I was being exclusionary! Preferably Android & Blackberry users also. I’m going to start compiling a list & see if I can get our web folks to make a mobile page off of our main site too.

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