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Npm QR Code Libraries

Most Popular Npm QR Code Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
qrcode48.67 kBMIT13 Years22 Apr 2023
qr-image10.67 kBMIT9 Years22 Dec 2016
qr.js8.95 kBMIT10 Years1 Mar 2013
react-native-camera265.41 kBMIT AND Apache-2.0 AND BSD-3-Clause8 Years21 Sep 2021
qrcode-generator45.25 kBMIT9 Years18 Sep 2019
react-qr-reader926.51 kBMIT7 Years16 Feb 2022
qrious73.7 kBGPL-3.07 Years4 Jun 2017
vue-qr4.26 MBMIT6 Years24 May 2022
@zxing/library1.46 MBMIT5 Years19 Apr 2023
react-qr-code4.1 kBMIT7 Years13 Aug 2023
cordova-plugin-qrscanner2.01 MBMIT8 Years29 Mar 2019
react-native-qrcode-scanner10.71 kBMIT7 Years11 Feb 2022
angular2-qrcode3.55 kBMIT7 Years17 Apr 2019
yaqrcode70.19 kBUNKNOWN10 Years28 May 2015
@zxing/browser999.27 kBMIT3 Years9 Jun 2023

When are QR Code Libraries Useful?

QR Code libraries are extremely beneficial when you wish to integrate a functionality in your application that facilitates the generation or scanning of QR Codes.

  1. Information Sharing: QR Codes have gained enough traction in recent years as an efficient way of sharing information, be it URLs, contact details, or just plain text.

  2. Inventory Management: In inventory management systems, QR Codes are utilized as a quick and reliable method of tracking and identifying products.

  3. Marketing and Advertising: In the field of marketing and advertising, QR Codes often link to websites, promotional details, or digital vouchers.

  4. Authentication: QR Codes can also be used for quick user authentication in certain systems.

These are just a few examples, but the possibilities are vast.

What Functionalities do QR Code Libraries Usually Have?

QR Code libraries generally provide a range of functionalities. Not all libraries will provide all of these, but they will typically have most of them.

  1. QR Code Generation: The primary function of a QR Code library is to generate QR Codes from a given input data.

  2. Customization: Most libraries allow you to tweak the size, color and error correction level of the QR Code.

  3. Encode Various Data Types: They usually can encode multiple data types such as numeric data, alphabetic data, byte data, and Kanji.

  4. Decoding/Scanning QR Codes: Some libraries also support scanning QR Codes and interpreting the encoded data.

  5. Output Formats: They often have the ability to generate QR Codes in different formats, such as SVG, PNG, or simply a binary representation.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out for

While using QR code libraries, especially with NPM, there are certain things that developers should keep in mind:

  1. Read the Documentation: Always thoroughly read the documentation of the library you're using. Many issues arise from developers not familiarizing themselves with the library's functionalities and constraints.

  2. Maintainability: NPM packages can become deprecated. Double-check how actively the package is maintained. Utilizing unmaintained packages can lead to potential security issues and lack of support for newer versions of Node.js.

  3. Understand the Errors: QR Codes have an error correction capability which can be adjusted. Understanding how this works and what the limitations are can prevent unexpected results.

  4. Performance: Some libraries may have performance issues. If your use case involves frequent generation or decoding of QR Codes, be aware of the performance characteristics of the library you're considering.

  5. Permissions: If your application needs to scan QR Codes, it might need camera permissions. Some users may choose not to give this permission, so consider how your app will handle such a scenario.