Reading barcode or QRcode using cordova or Phonegap


Sharing code how you can easily install and configure "phonegap-plugin-barcodescanner" plugin for reading barcode and QRcode in hybrid mobile app. I am using cordova for development if you are using PhoneGap just replace "Cordova" with "phonegap" in commands below, rest will be same.

Step 1: Install plugin "phonegap-plugin-barcodescanner" using below command

cordova plugin add phonegap-plugin-barcodescanner

After running your will get "BUID SUCCESSFUL" message as below:


Step 2: Add below code in your html. On click we are triggering scan() function which will launch camera and after reading data will be available in scan() function.

<input type='button' value='scann' onclick='scanApp.scan()' id='scanData'>

Step 3: Create file name "codescanner.js" and add below code:

var scanApp = {   
    // Application Constructor
    initialize: function () {

    bindEvents: function () {
        document.addEventListener('deviceready', this.onDeviceReady);

    onDeviceReady: function () {
        console.log('Received Device Ready Event');
    scan: function () {
                function (result) {
                    alert("Barcode/QR code data\n" + "Result: " + result.text + "\n" + "Format: " + result.format + "\n" + "Cancelled: " + result.cancelled);
                function (error) {
                    alert("Scanning failed: " + error);

Step 4: Include script file "codescanner.js" in your HTML file where you added button in step 2.

Step 5: Run below command to build it.

cordova run android

Now you can try reading any QR or barcode to get the data. Hope it will help someone.

Your feedbacks are most welcome..