Scan barcodes and QR codes with your Glide app.

The Scanner component empowers app users to scan barcodes or QR codes and save the data in your data source. Glide partners with Dynamsoft to provide enterprise-grade scanning.

Barcode and QR code scanning is available for users with Business or Enterprise plans. Review our plans and pricing to find the best fit for you.

If you want to scan many barcodes one right after the other, we recommend the Scanner component, which keeps the user’s camera on and ready to scan. If you only need to scan one barcode at a time, the Scan Barcode or QR Code action turns on the user’s camera only when the action is triggered through a button or other trigger of your choice.

Setting up the Barcode Scanner Component

  1. If you do not already have a column where you will store the data from barcodes or QR codes, open the Data Editor and create the column where you will store the scanned barcodes.

  2. In the Layout Editor, select the tab you want to edit.

  3. Click on the plus symbol in the Components panel.

  4. Select the Scanner component.

  5. Drag the component where you want it to appear in your app.

  6. Under Data, select the column where you want to store the data from barcodes or QR codes.

  7. In the Column field, choose the column you created to store the scanned barcodes.

  8. Under Scanning Options, you can configure an action to trigger on each scan. This will use additional updates depending on which action you choose.

Dynamsoft Scanning Technology

The Scanner component and Scan Barcode or QR Code action uses Dynamsoft’s scanning technology to scan quickly and accurately at scale. Below are some supported symbologies:

  • Linear (1D) Barcodes

  • 2D Barcodes, like QR codes

  • GS1 DataBar

  • Postal Codes

  • Patch Code

  • GS1 Composite Code.

You can learn more about barcode types and what Dynamsoft supports here.

Glide’s Legacy Barcode Scanner

Glide's legacy scanner was deprecated in August 2023. Apps using our legacy scanner will still have access to the feature. If you’ve saved an action with the barcode scanner as a custom action, you will still be able to use and duplicate that action. Duplicating a button or an app that has the barcode scanner feature will also duplicate that instance of the feature.

If you are working with conditional branches and want to add your existing barcode scanner, that will no longer be possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Scanner? Ask the Glide community.

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