10 Popular QR Codes APIs

QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are a type of barcode that can be read from a smartphone camera. This open source, two-dimensional code was invented by DENSO WAVE in Japan in 1994 and was standardized in 1997. The QR Code acts as an identifier for, and provides machine-readable information to, brands and products. It usually routes the user to a URL.

QR Codes include pixelated patterns including position markings, alignment markings, time patterns, version information, and data keys. A QR Code can store up to 7089 digits or 4296 characters. A scanner application is required to read them, and hundreds are available for Android and iOS smartphones.

Developers wishing to create applications that can design, create or read QR Codes can use Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, to get the job done. The best place to find these APIs is in the QR Codes category on ProgrammableWeb.

In this article, we detail the top ten QR Codes APIs as determined by page views on ProgrammableWeb.

1. QRCoder Code Generator API

The QR Coder APITrack this API is a QR code generator API that enables users to create customized QR codes with different colors for background, foreground and eye colors. It also allows users to specify different pixel sizes and padding. The API provides output in PNG, JPG, and SVG file types.

Create custom QR Codes with this API

Create custom QR Codes with this API. Image: QRCoder

2. QR-Server QR Code API

QR-Server provides specialized bar code solutions using the QR Code standard. Developers can create and read QR Codes with the QR-Server QR Code APITrack this API.

3. Happi QRCode Generator API

Happi.Dev provides various APIs for developers and accepts PayPal or Bitcoin for payments. The Happi QRCode Generator APITrack this API enables users to generate a QR code as a base64 image. Get simple QR Codes and custom generation with colors with this API.

4. QRTag API

QRtag generates a QR code for a given URL. The QRtag.net APITrack this API returns QR codes in a PDF, or SVG or PNG images. To use the API, embed it as a normal image.

5. ACME Animated QR Code Generator API

ACME Codes enables users to create animated QR codes. ACME stands for "Animated Codes Made Easy". The ACME Animated QR Code Generator APITrack this API can be integrated into applications in order to create animated QR codes in real time. Animated QR codes provide 'call to action' scan targets for users and can be embedded with a company's branding, logo, or campaign. Clients requiring large volume animated QR codes and/or automated code creation can use the API as opposed to ACME's online QR code generator.

Create animated QR Codes in real time with ACME API. Video: YouTube/Animated Codes Made Easy

6. Fun Generators QR Code API

The Fun Generators QR Code APITrack this API enables applications to generate QR Code images for text, URL, email, business cards and more. It is a complete REST based API that also enables applications to decode QR code images.

Fun Generators API lets developers create QR codes

Fun Generators API lets developers create QR codes. Image: Fun Generators/Orthosie

7. Scanova API

Scanova allows customers to design, create, and manage personalized QR codes and dynamic QR codes. The Scanova QR Code Generation APITrack this API Track this API can be used to integrate with the service to generate custom scannable codes for sharing to social media, engaging customers by location, making payments, and much more.

8. Inlite Barcode Reader API

The Inlite Barcode Reader APITrack this API can read barcodes from PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG and other format images, located on the Web or locally. It recognizes 1D barcodes ( Code39, Code128, etc.), 2D barcodes (PDF417, DataMatrix, and QR), and postal barcodes. In addition, it can decode driver license and barcode data.

9. SnapScan API

SnapScan is a mobile payments Platform based in Cape Town, South Africa. The SnapScan APITrack this API access to provides Authentication, error codes, pagination, and Webhooks for developers utilizing the API's services. Use it to generate QR codes and URL structures, query payment status, and more.

10. Quikkly Insights

Quikkly allows developers to design custom QR and other scannable codes for specific brands, and offers over 40 templates. The Quikkly Insights APITrack this API is a RESTful interface which provides information about scannable captures such as device, platform, and total scans.

Find more than 49 APIs, 11 SDKs, 13 Source Code samples and other resources in the ProgrammableWeb QR Codes category.

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