QR Code Extractor (Example Tools)

Updated March 29, 2023

In this article, we will discuss some of the best QR code readers. First of all, we need to understand what a QR code is.

What is a QR Code?

QR code is an abbreviation for Quick Response Code. It is also known as a matrix barcode. It was first created in 1994. It is a machine-readable code that encodes data about the product to which it is attached. QR Codes have a large storage capacity and can store numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary and kanji data. The following is an example image of a QR code:

QR Code Extractor Tools: Figure 1 - QR Code

QR Code

We need to decode this QR Code. There are multiple QR Code extractors available. We will discuss some of them here which can be used in both mobile and desktop environments.

We will first discuss QR Code Reader by ByteScout.

ByteScout QR Code Reader

The QR Code Reader is a quick online app that allows you to read QR codes. You can read the barcode in two ways:

  1. Read a barcode from a file - just navigate to a document on your computer.
  2. Connect your camera to the computer and start reading QR codes.

QR Code Reader is able to read any of your QR codes. This is an excellent program with multiple QR code reading features. The interface of this utility is well-designed and gets the job done quickly.

You can launch ByteScout QR Code Online Reader directly from a file on your desktop or from your live webcam. It is able to decode and read QR codes of any size and quality.

QR Code Extractor Tools: Figure 2 - QR Code Reader Screenshot

QR Code Reader Screenshot

You can also use ByteScout QR Code Reader by browsing it from the Internet browser of your mobile.

Let's explore another useful QR code extractor that has both web and mobile applications.

Aspose Barcode Reader

Aspose Barcode Reader is a free online application that reads barcodes from pictures or your phone's camera. It supports over 60 barcode symbologies, including all the popular ones. It can detect and read multiple barcodes on one image. Even damaged barcodes can be read by our sophisticated algorithm. The name might confuse you because it can only read barcodes, but no, it can also read QR codes. It's free and also available in the Play Store.

QR Code Extractor Tools: Figure 3 - Aspose QRCode Reader Online

Aspose QRCode Reader Online

You can also download it to your phone via the Google Playstore. If you are not interested in downloading, you can use it directly through your favorite internet browsers like Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome.

QrCode Decoder

QrCode-Decoder is a free service for reading and decoding QR codes online. Upload a picture or image file with a QR code or take a picture of a QR code with a camera and this decoder will scan the QR code, try to read it and show what data is in the QR code. There is no mobile app. You have to use it directly online.

QR Code Extractor Tools: Figure 4 - QrCode Decoder

QrCode Decoder

There are numerous other QR code extractors, so many I definitely can not discuss them all in one article! These QR code extractor tools have specific supported formats. You may have specific requirements or need an API or library to integrate the QRCode Extractor function into your application. Maybe you want to develop your own QRCode Extractor.

Create Your Own QR Code Extractor

You can create your own QR Code Scanner using C# and any .NET Platform. You can create your own online QR Code extractor or Windows app for reading QR codes. Iron Software provides a very useful library for this purpose named IronBarcode.


IronBarcode is a library developed and maintained by Iron Software to help C# software engineers read barcodes and QR codes in .NET Applications and websites to read and write barcodes. Reading or writing barcodes requires only a single line of code with IronBarcode.

IronBarcode Excels at:

  • Reading single or multiple barcodes and QR codes from images or PDFs.
  • Image correction for skew, alignment, noise, low resolution, contrast, etc.
  • Generating barcodes and applying them to images or PDF documents.
  • Embedding barcodes into HTML documents.
  • Designing barcodes and adding comment text.
  • QR Code Writing allows adding logos, colors and advanced QR alignment.

Let's learn how it works.

First, we need to install the IronBarcode Library in our existing codebase or create a new project. To install IronBarcode, run the following command in the package manager console.

Install-Package BarCode

This command will install IronBarcode in your project. Now we can use it to extract the QR code.

First of all, we need to add the following namespace.

using IronBarCode;
using IronBarCode;
Imports IronBarCode
VB   C#

Now, we will use its functions to read the following QR code from the image file.

QR Code Extractor Tools: Figure 5 - QrCode Decoder

QrCode Decoder

Write the following code to read the above QR code.

var qrCodeValue = BarcodeReader.ReadASingleBarcode(@"D:\Iron Software\QRCodes\qrCode.png");
var qrCodeValue = BarcodeReader.ReadASingleBarcode(@"D:\Iron Software\QRCodes\qrCode.png");
Dim qrCodeValue = BarcodeReader.ReadASingleBarcode("D:\Iron Software\QRCodes\qrCode.png")
VB   C#

ReadAsSingleBarcode provided by the BarcodeReader class takes the QRCode Image Path as an argument and returns the encoded message. It is very fast and can read QR codes in almost every kind of format. It can also read QR codes with logos as we have done in our example.

QR Code Extractor Tools: Figure 6

This barcode library also allows us to create QR codes and barcodes with or without logos, colors of our choice and specific formats. It is fast, easy to use, free for development and offers greater efficiency. It can be used for developing mobile, web and desktop-based QR code extractors, scanners or creators. You can visit this link to get complete instructions on how to use IronBarcode.


In this tutorial, we have presented some useful QR Code extractors. We have also discussed the IronBarcode Library, which is written in C# and provides functions that help us create QR codes and barcodes with just a single line of code. It also allows us to save the QR code or barcode in our desired file format.

Barcode Reader SDK (Developer Updated List)
QR Code Library (Developer Guide)

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