How to Create QR Code in VB .NET

QR codes have become a ubiquitous part of our digital world, capable of storing a variety of information like URLs, contact details, or product specifics. For VB.NET developers seeking to incorporate QR code generation into their applications, IronQR stands out as a formidable tool.

This article guides you through the process of creating QR codes and exporting them in image and PDF formats within VB.NET environments, utilizing the capabilities of IronQR. This library streamlines the integration of QR code functionality, making it a practical choice for developers looking to enhance their applications with this modern data encoding technology.

IronQR

IronQR is a comprehensive and developer-friendly library tailored for .NET applications, specializing in the efficient generation and manipulation of QR codes. It's a go-to tool for developers looking to integrate QR code functionality into their C# or VB.NET projects. Creating QR code VB.NET projects is far easier with IronQR.

Key features of IronQR include:

  1. Broad QR Code Support: IronQR excels in handling a wide range of QR code types. Whether you're dealing with standard QR codes, Micro QR codes, a QR code barcode image, or even specific formats like Aztec or Data Matrix, IronQR has you covered. This diversity makes it ideal for applications requiring a variety of QR code types.
  2. Customization Capabilities: Tailoring QR codes to fit specific requirements is straightforward with IronQR. You can adjust critical parameters such as size, error correction level, and encoding type. This flexibility ensures that the QR codes you generate align perfectly with your project's needs.
  3. User-Friendly API: IronQR's API is designed for simplicity and accessibility. Even developers with limited experience can quickly get up to speed and start generating QR codes with minimal lines of code, streamlining the development process.
  4. Data Encoding Versatility: With IronQR, you're not limited to basic text or URLs. It supports a broad spectrum of data types, including contact details, geographic information, and more. This feature broadens the scope of potential applications, from digital business cards to geolocation-based services.
  5. Image Generation and Handling: IronQR provides robust functionalities for rendering QR codes as images. This is particularly useful for applications that need to display QR codes directly or save them as image files for later use.
  6. Extensive Documentation and Examples: To help developers hit the ground running, IronQR offers detailed documentation, a plethora of examples, and comprehensive tutorials. These resources are invaluable for both learning the library and troubleshooting during development.
  7. Ongoing Maintenance and Support: IronQR is regularly updated to stay in sync with the latest .NET frameworks and development best practices. Moreover, IronSoftware's dedicated support team is available to assist with any challenges developers may encounter.

Prerequisites for Using IronQR

Before delving into coding with IronQR, ensure you have the following:

  • Visual Studio: A compatible version of Visual Studio should be installed on your system. This IDE is the primary environment for .NET development.
  • IronQR Library: This is the core library you'll use for QR code functionalities. You can download it from IronSoftware's website or install it via NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio.

By fulfilling these prerequisites, you're well-equipped to leverage IronQR's capabilities in your .NET projects, enhancing your application's interaction with QR codes.

Creating a VB.NET Project in Visual Studio

Let's start by creating a new VB.NET project in Visual Studio:

  1. Launch Visual Studio: Open Visual Studio on your computer.
  2. Create a New Project: Click on "Create a new project."
  3. Select Language and Project Type: Choose "Visual Basic" under the "All Languages" tab. Then, select "Console App" for a console application. Click "Next."

Create a new project

  1. Configure Your Project: Enter your project name and other details as required, then click "Create."

Installing IronQR in Your Project

Now that you have your project set up, you'll need to install the IronQR library:

  1. Click on the Tools menu. From the dropdown menu, click on the NuGet Package Manager.

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  1. Select "Manage NuGet Packages."
  2. In the NuGet Package Manager, search for "IronQR" and install it.

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Remember, always ensure that the NuGet package you are installing is the correct one and that it's from a trusted source. NuGet packages are third-party libraries, and it's essential to use reliable and secure packages in your projects.

QR Code Generation in VB.NET Code

With IronQR installed, you can create QR codes in your VB.NET application. Here's a few quick lines of code.

Imports System
Imports IronQr
Imports IronSoftware.Drawing

Module Program
    Sub Main(args As String())
        ' Create a QR Code object
        Dim myQr As QrCode = QrWriter.Write("hello world")

        ' Save QR Code as a Bitmap
        Dim qrImage As AnyBitmap = myQr.Save()

        ' Save QR Code Bitmap as File
        Try
            qrImage.SaveAs("c:/qr.png")
        Catch ex As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Error saving the QR code: " & ex.Message)
        End Try
    End Sub
End Module
Imports System
Imports IronQr
Imports IronSoftware.Drawing

Module Program
    Sub Main(args As String())
        ' Create a QR Code object
        Dim myQr As QrCode = QrWriter.Write("hello world")

        ' Save QR Code as a Bitmap
        Dim qrImage As AnyBitmap = myQr.Save()

        ' Save QR Code Bitmap as File
        Try
            qrImage.SaveAs("c:/qr.png")
        Catch ex As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Error saving the QR code: " & ex.Message)
        End Try
    End Sub
End Module
'INSTANT VB TODO TASK: The following line uses invalid syntax:
'@Imports System @Imports IronQr @Imports IronSoftware.Drawing Module Program @Sub Main(args @As String()) ' Create a QR Code object @Dim myQr @As QrCode = QrWriter.Write("hello world") ' Save QR TryCast(Code, a) Bitmap @Dim qrImage @As AnyBitmap = myQr.Save() ' Save QR Code TryCast(Bitmap, File) @Try qrImage.SaveAs("c:/qr.png") @Catch ex @As Exception Console.WriteLine("Error saving the QR code: " & ex.Message) @End @Try @End @Sub @End Module
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Explanation of the code

  1. Imports IronQr and IronSoftware.Drawing: These lines import the necessary namespaces for working with IronQR. IronQr contains classes for QR code generation and reading, while IronSoftware.Drawing provides functionality for image manipulation.
  2. Create a QR Code Object: The QrWriter.Write("https://ironsoftware.com/") method creates a QR code that encodes the URL "https://ironsoftware.com/". This QR code is stored in the myQr variable.
  3. Save QR Code as Bitmap: The myQr.Save() method saves the generated QR code as a bitmap image in memory, referenced by the qrImage variable. This is useful for further manipulation or processing within the application.
  4. Save QR Code Bitmap as File: Finally, the qrImage.SaveAs("qr.png") method saves the bitmap image to a file named "qr.png". This step is crucial for exporting the generated QR code as a file, which can be shared, printed, or integrated into other documents or applications.

Here's the output:

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Here's the complete source code to create QR code images with a logo:

Imports System
Imports IronQr
Imports IronSoftware.Drawing

Module Program
    Sub Main(args As String())
        IronQr.License.LicenseKey = "Add-License-Key"
        ' Set QR options
        Private options As New QrOptions(QrErrorCorrectionLevel.High, 20)

        ' Create a QR Code object
        Private myQr As QrCode = QrWriter.Write("greetings terra", options)

        ' Fancy style options
        Private logoBmp As New AnyBitmap("logo.png")

        Private style As New QrStyleOptions With {
    .Dimensions = 300,
    .Margins = 10,
    .Color = Color.Gray,
    .Logo = New QrLogo With {
        .Bitmap = logoBmp,
        .Width = 100,
        .Height = 100,
        .CornerRadius = 2
    }
}

        ' Save QR Code as a Bitmap
        Private qrImage As AnyBitmap = myQr.Save(style)

        ' Save QR Code Bitmap as File
        qrImage.SaveAs("qr_styled.png")
    End Sub
End Module
Imports System
Imports IronQr
Imports IronSoftware.Drawing

Module Program
    Sub Main(args As String())
        IronQr.License.LicenseKey = "Add-License-Key"
        ' Set QR options
        Private options As New QrOptions(QrErrorCorrectionLevel.High, 20)

        ' Create a QR Code object
        Private myQr As QrCode = QrWriter.Write("greetings terra", options)

        ' Fancy style options
        Private logoBmp As New AnyBitmap("logo.png")

        Private style As New QrStyleOptions With {
    .Dimensions = 300,
    .Margins = 10,
    .Color = Color.Gray,
    .Logo = New QrLogo With {
        .Bitmap = logoBmp,
        .Width = 100,
        .Height = 100,
        .CornerRadius = 2
    }
}

        ' Save QR Code as a Bitmap
        Private qrImage As AnyBitmap = myQr.Save(style)

        ' Save QR Code Bitmap as File
        qrImage.SaveAs("qr_styled.png")
    End Sub
End Module
'INSTANT VB TODO TASK: The following line uses invalid syntax:
'@Imports System @Imports IronQr @Imports IronSoftware.Drawing Module Program @Sub Main(args @As String()) IronQr.License.LicenseKey = "Add-License-Key" ' @Set QR options @Private options @As @New QrOptions(QrErrorCorrectionLevel.High, 20) ' Create a QR Code object @Private myQr @As QrCode = QrWriter.Write("greetings terra", options) ' Fancy style options @Private logoBmp @As @New AnyBitmap("logo.png") @Private style @As @New QrStyleOptions @With { .Dimensions = 300, .Margins = 10, .Color = Color.Gray, .Logo = @New QrLogo @With { .Bitmap = logoBmp, .Width = 100, .Height = 100, .CornerRadius = 2 } } ' Save QR TryCast(Code, a) Bitmap @Private qrImage @As AnyBitmap = myQr.Save(style) ' Save QR Code TryCast(Bitmap, File) qrImage.SaveAs("qr_styled.png") @End @Sub @End Module
VB   C#

Here's the output:

qr-code-vb-net-tutorial-5For more detailed information on exporting the generated QR codes and barcodes in VB.NET, visit this tutorial link here.

Conclusion

Integrating a QR code generator into your VB.NET applications is straightforward with IronQR. This guide has outlined the key steps to incorporate QR code generation and processing in your projects, whether you want to generate a new QR code, create QR code barcodes, or export QR codes. IronQR's versatility makes it suitable for various applications, including marketing and data management.

Choosing IronQR for your VB.NET projects offers a blend of ease of use, comprehensive features, and strong documentation. It simplifies adding QR code capabilities to your applications.

IronQR is available under a free commercial license for development, with professional licenses required for commercial deployment. A free trial is offered, allowing you to explore its full capabilities. For more information and to download IronQR, visit their product page and licensing page.