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 4.4.0

With the launch of the revolutionary MX-100 barcode scanning device from Cognex, we have optimized and tune the Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK to take full advantage. Now experience even faster and more efficient scanning regardless of your industry or use case, with the Barcode Scanners app and a MX-100 device for iPhone or iPod. Learn more at today!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
80 Ratings
80 Ratings

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).


Excellent performance, clearly experts

The app not only captures and interprets the machine readable data for any encoded information you place in the crosshairs, it also provides other meta information, like the encoding method.

Well done, Team Manatee.


Last update disabled...

When I first downloaded this app, I thought it was the best. Now, after updating it, the app now longer scans the barcodes. Before, it was faster than I could blink my eyes. As soon as I opened the app, it would scan a UPC. It is not the same anymore. Something was disabled from the original default settings. Scanning...scanning...Deleted...


Cognex Corporation
37.4 MB
Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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