A QR code generator and reader with a user friendly API. PHP 7.4+

4.3.4 2022-07-25 09:12 UTC


A PHP QR Code library based on the implementation by Kazuhiko Arase, namespaced, cleaned up, improved and other stuff. It also features a QR Code reader which is based on the ZXing library.

Attention: there is now also a javascript port: chillerlan/js-qrcode.

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  • Generation of Model 2 QR Codes, Version 1 to 40
  • ECC Levels L/M/Q/H supported
  • Mixed mode support (encoding modes can be mixed as needed within a QR symbol)
    • Supported modes: numeric, alphanumeric, 8-bit binary as well as the 13-bit double-byte modes kanji (Japanese, Shift-JIS) and hanzi (simplified Chinese, GB2312/GB18030)
  • Flexible, easily extensible output modules
    • Built-in support for the following output formats:
      • GdImage
      • ImageMagick
      • Markup types: SVG, HTML, etc.
      • String types: JSON, plain text, etc.
      • Encapsulated Postscript (EPS)
      • PDF via FPDF
  • QR Code reader (via GD and ImageMagick)


See the wiki for advanced documentation. An API documentation created with phpDocumentor can be found at (WIP).


For the QRCode reader, either ext-gd or ext-imagick is required!


requires composer

via terminal:

composer require chillerlan/php-qrcode

via composer.json:

	"require": {
		"php": "^7.4 || ^8.0",
		"chillerlan/php-qrcode": "dev-main"

Note: replace dev-main with a version constraint, e.g. ^4.3 - see releases for valid versions. See the installation guide on the wiki for more info!


We want to encode this URI for a mobile authenticator into a QRcode image:

$data = 'otpauth://totp/test?secret=B3JX4VCVJDVNXNZ5&';

// quick and simple:
echo '<img src="'.(new QRCode)->render($data).'" alt="QR Code" />';

QR codes are awesome!

Wait, what was that? Please again, slower! See Advanced usage on the wiki. Also, have a look in the examples folder for some more usage examples.

Reading QR Codes

Using the built-in QR Code reader is pretty straight-forward:

$result = (new QRCode)->readFromFile('path/to/file.png'); // -> DecoderResult

// you can now use the result instance...
$content = $result->data;
$matrix  = $result->getMatrix(); // -> QRMatrix

// ...or simply cast it to string to get the content:
$content = (string)$result;

It's generally a good idea to wrap the reading in a try/catch block to handle any errors that may occur in the process.

Framework Integration

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License notice

Parts of this code are ported to php from the ZXing project and licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Trademark Notice

The word "QR Code" is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED