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Scan - QR Code and Barcode Reader

By QR Code City

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To celebrate our latest update, Scan is on sale for a limited time for $1.99 down from $4.99! (over 50% off)


Scan is the fastest and most user-friendly QR reader and barcode scanner available. If your Mac came with a built-in scanner, this would be it. Here is what our reviewers are saying:

“Quick and very reliable. I’d give it six stars if it were possible.”
“No ads, beautiful design, and even caught blurry QR codes I didn’t expect it to scan”


To scan a QR code or barcode simply open the app, hold your code to your camera, and you're done! There is no need to take a photo or press a button. Scan will automatically recognize any code your camera is pointing at.

When scanning a QR code, if the code contains a website URL, you will automatically be taken to the site. If the code just contains text, you'll immediately see it. For other formats such as phone numbers, email addresses, or contact info, you will be prompted to take the appropriate action.


Scan recognizes all of the popular barcode types (UPC, EAN, and ISBN) and shows you pricing, reviews, and more about any products you scan. Barcode scanning requires a newer iPhone or iPad in order to work reliably. Cameras on older devices do not provide the resolution or focus required for barcode scanning.


• View a history list of all of your past scans
• Toggle cameras for scanning
• Drag and drop images of QR codes onto the app icon to scan them


Our goal is to make our app the best scanning app in the store. We can’t do this without you. We are dedicated to your satisfaction and need to hear feedback from you. If you have an issue with Scan, please do not write a review of the app saying "it didn't work." This does not help us make things better for you. Instead, please contact us at or on Twitter @scan and we'll do our best to help.


In order to use Scan, your device must have a camera. When scanning codes that redirect to online content, such as websites, you will need Internet connectivity.


Want to make your own QR codes for others to scan? Visit our site at to create and manage your own QR codes for free.

Update: We recently released a new Wi-Fi QR code type on our site. These new Wi-Fi QR codes allow visitors to your home or business scan a QR code to get easy access to your wireless network.

What's New in Version 1.0.3

Updates and bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews


Despite the bad reviews, I too tried it. I’ve only been scanning UPC codes so far with the built-in iSight camera on my MacBook Pro. The app wanted to immediately load a URL based on the scanned number. I don’t want to do that. Fortunately, there’s a preference to turn that off (the only preference). After the scan, I want to copy the scanned number, but there’s no easy way to copy it. There’s a URL that can be copied, and I can paste that elsewhere and then remove the unwanted portion of the URL, but I wish the scanned number has been directly double-clickable so one could select and copy it. So far, it’s been scanning reliably.

Works great.

Inspite of the poor reviews I read, I took a chance on this app. It works great for me. I have had zero problems with it. It reads the QR codes quick and immediately pulls up the website. (Macbook Pro user.)

This app does not actually scan barcodes

This app does not work.
I can scan barcodes into my Mac just fine with other apps: I scan UPCs and ISBN numbers into my Delicious Library app without issue. I can hold up iTunes gift cards to the camera to redeem them in iTunes or the App Store app. I cannot get this app to scan ANYTHING. The same ISBNs and UPCs I have scanned into Delicious Library simply fail to register here.

Scan - QR Code and Barcode Reader
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 3.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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