A PHP wrapper for Zbar. Decodes images/photos containing QR codes.

3.0.4 2019-02-28 14:12 UTC

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This is a PHP wrapper for zbar-tools - (only zbarimg at the moment). See http://zbar.sourceforge.net/.


  • zbar-tools - To install on Ubuntu it's as easy as sudo apt-get install zbar-tools. See their project page for more platforms.
  • ImageMagick - It's required by Zbar, I'm not sure if they bundle it or not so make sure you have it


Install this package through Composer.

Add this to your composer.json dependencies:

"require": {
   "orlyapps/zbar-qrdecoder": "^2.0"

Run composer install to download the required files.



$ZbarDecoder = new RobbieP\ZbarQrdecoder\ZbarDecoder();

# Optionally change the path of the zbarimg executable if you need to (default: /usr/bin)

# Decode the image
$result = $ZbarDecoder->make('/a/path/to/image_with_barcode.jpg');

echo $result; // Outputs the decoded text
echo $result->getFormat(); // Outputs the barcode's format
echo $result->getText(); // 200 if it decoded a barcode OR 400 if it couldn't find a barcode.

If you're using it in Laravel...

I've included a ServiceProvider class and a config if you need to change any options. Yyou need to add the ServiceProvider to config/app.php

'providers' => array(

You may need to publish the config php artisan vendor:publish

Now you can use Zbar QR Decoder in your Laravel application!

Usage (in Laravel)

# Decode the image
$result = ZbarDecoder::make('/a/path/to/image_with_barcode.png');

echo $result; // Outputs the decoded text
echo $result->format; // Outputs the barcode's format

Other barcodes supported

  • EAN_13 / ISBN
  • CODE_39
  • CODE_128


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch: git checkout -b my-new-feature
  3. Commit your changes: git commit -am 'Add some feature'
  4. Push to the branch: git push origin my-new-feature
  5. Submit a pull request