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It took awhile to find the right NuGet package to use to create and decode a QR code, but we found it.

The ZXing.Net port of the Java version turned out to be quick and easy to use. Scott Hanselman had an example of decoding a QR code in his blog, and I adapted the code from the ZXing.Net site and his to create this LinqPad demo. Fire up the great LinqPad program, change to C# statements, add in the Nuget package and the correct namespaces. Then hit F5. You can now generated and decode that information from QR codes in .Net!

// ZXing.Net
// create the bar code/qr code
var fileLocation = @"C:\temp\qr.png";
 var qrValue = "whatever data you want to put in here 121313213";
 var height = 200;
 var width = 200;
 var margin = 1;
var barcodeWriter = new BarcodeWriter
  Format = BarcodeFormat.QR_CODE,
  Options = new EncodingOptions
      Height = height,
      Width = width,
      Margin = margin

using (var bitmap = barcodeWriter.Write(qrValue))
using (var stream = new FileStream(fileLocation, FileMode.Create))
  bitmap.Save(stream, ImageFormat.Png);

// read from the bar code
// create a barcode reader instance
var reader = new BarcodeReader();
// load a bitmap
var barcodeBitmap = (Bitmap)Bitmap.FromFile(fileLocation);
// detect and decode the barcode inside the bitmap
var result = reader.Decode(barcodeBitmap);
// do something with the result
if (result != null)
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 8:53 PM Tools , .Net | Back to top

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