Download our Barcode Scanner SDK demonstration for your mobile iOS device to see how the powerful Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK can add new interactivity to your iOS apps and enable a host of marketing, industry, and enterprise automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) workflows. Extend performance and durability with Cognex smartphone scanning peripherals such as the MX-100 barcode reader and the MX-1000 vision-enabled mobile terminal.

Our API delivers outstanding value to developers through four pillars: simplicity, reliability, efficiency, and speed.

Simplicity - With the Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK, it is no longer necessary to develop separate applications nor manage multiple software and hardware solutions and deployments for mobile device barcode reading.

Reliability - The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK is the most reliable barcode reading technology available for mobile applications and smartphone integration, regardless of platform, development framework, or barcode symbology.

Efficiency - As a tool developed with the logistics, manufacturing, healthcare, and commercial services industries in mind, it is built with efficiency for the end-user, as well as simplicity for the application developer.

Speed - The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK is tuned to provide fast and reliable barcode reading for smartphones and tablets. For damaged codes, challenging lighting conditions, or harsh environments, the SDK can leverage the power of the ruggedized, high-performance MX Series of Cognex mobile terminals.

The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK supports all major barcode symbologies, including Aztec Code, Codabar, Code 11, Code 25 (Interleaved, Industrial and ITF-14), Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, Data Matrix, DotCode, EAN, ISBN, GS1 Databar, MaxiCode, MSI Plessey, PDF417, Postal Code, QR Code (Micro and Standard), and UPC barcode types, as well as all GS1 specific sub types like GS1 QR Code, GS1 DataMatrix and GS1-128.

The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK supports the most powerful cross-platform development frameworks, including: Xamarin, Cordova / PhoneGap, and Ionic.

You can add powerful parser plugins to the Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK at no additional cost when you purchase an SDK license or hardware accessory. Plugins include industry standard parsers such as AAMVA, GS1, IUID, Structured Carrier Messages, and more!

Put us to the test in your real-world conditions and use cases.

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What’s New

Version 4.4.5

- Fixed performance issues.
- Fixed handling of PDF417 control codes
- Improved Aztec code decoding
- Improved 1D decoding for blurry images

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
315 Ratings

315 Ratings

rangyrunner ,

Look no further for an awesome FREE barcode reader!

With so many to choose from I came across this gem. It does exactly what you’d expect from a barcode reader, and it does it well. I scanned over a dozen items (old & new) that I thought this app might not recognize. I was only able to fool it twice with a few really obscure products. Very impressive! It has a light button too, for use in low light situations. It also has a magnification button. When you scan an item, it’s automatically saved in the apps history window, which you can clear with the simple press of a button. You can also customize the type of scans you want it to perform. The only option it needs is a button to close to close the app. It’s ad free & absolutely free, so if I that’s the only hiccup, I’ll accept it with a smile.

Zefoss ,

Easily the greatest barcode scanning app on iOS

This app can recognize pretty much every major type of barcode out there. Recognition and processing happens almost instantly — it's incredibly fast. There are a whole bunch of settings available for fine-tuning what barcode formats it recognizes, capture settings, etc etc. The UI is a little basic at times, but it's still extremely functional. As if the app being totally free with no hidden in-app purchases wasn't enough, there are also no advertisements outside of some fairly unobtrusive promotions of the company's products (which is more than reasonable).

gmnstrunr37 ,

Fantastic barcode scanner, from the OCR / imaging experts

For years I had been looking for a decent DMC scanner and downloaded probably a half dozen, none of which really worked well for everything. I stumbled across this app (when it was still called Manatee) about two years ago. Since then, I’ve used it for barcodes and data matrix codes alike, down to a size of around a ballpoint pen tip. I don’t usually rave about apps, but this is the only review I’ve ever written for one — I’ve been that impressed.

For those looking for something simple that reads everything, this is the app.

(For those not totally happy with the app — there are some settings that might need to be adjusted. I had to enable multi-angle reading, for instance, and also changed the time before trying another focus.)

(I am in no way supported by, affiliated with, or requested from Cognex to write this review — it’s been a long time coming and I wanted to share my opinion.)


Cognex Corporation
42 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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