Using Dynamsoft Barcode Reader C++ API for Mac

Dynamsoft's Barcode Reader SDK provides C++ and C APIs for Mac. You can use the barcode APIs to easily create a barcode reading software for Mac.

In this article, I am going to demonstrate how to use the C++ barcode reading API for Mac to build a Command Line Application for 1D and 2D barcode recognition on macOS.

Start a new file

  • New a Command Line Tool magnify

    New a Command Line Tool

    First, let's open Xcode.

    Choose Command Line Tool as the project template, and under Type select C++ stdc++. Let's name the project BarcodeReaderDemo.

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    New a Command Line Tool
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    Add references

    In the main.cpp, please include the .H files.

    In our case, if you have Barcode Reader installed under Applications, the path will be "/Applications/Dynamsoft/Barcode Reader 4.1/Include/If_DBRP.h."

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include "/Applications/Dynamsoft/Barcode Reader 4.1/Include/If_DBRP.h"
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    Add references
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    Copy the main function

    Next, insert the following code to the main function.

    int  main  ( int  argc,   const  char *  argv[ ] )
       //Define variables
       const char * pszImageFile = "<your image file full path>";
       int  iIndex = 0;
       int  iRet = -1;
       //Initialize license prior to any decoding
       CBarcodeReader reader;
       reader.InitLicense("<your license key here>");
       //Initialize ReaderOptions
       ReaderOptions ro = {0}; 	
       ro.llBarcodeFormat = OneD;      //Expected barcode types to read.
       ro.iMaxBarcodesNumPerPage = 100;      //Expected barcode numbers to read.
       reader.SetReaderOptions ( ro );
       //Start decoding
       iRet = reader.DecodeFile( pszImageFile );
       //If not DBR_OK
       if ( iRet != DBR_OK )
    	  printf( "Failed to read barcode: %d\r\n%s\r\n",
              iRet,GetErrorString(iRet) );
    	  return iRet;
       //If DBR_OK
       pBarcodeResultArray paryResult = NULL;
       printf("%d total barcodes found. \r\n",paryResult->iBarcodeCount);
       for (iIndex = 0; iIndex < paryResult->iBarcodeCount; iIndex++)
              printf("Result %d\r\n", iIndex + 1);
    	  printf("PageNum: %d\r\n", paryResult->
    	  printf("BarcodeFormat: %lld\r\n", paryResult->
    	  printf("Text read: %s\r\n", paryResult->
       //Finally release BarcodeResultArray
       return 0;
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    Copy the main function
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    Select linked library

    Select Targets -> BarcodeReaderDemo, click Info button, in the popped dialog, add libDynamsoftBarcodeReader.dylib dependency.

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    Update license and source image
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    Update license and source image

    Please update the <your image file full path> and <your license key here> with valid values respectively in the code.

    For image path, you can use AllSupportedBarcodeTypes.tif in Images folder.
    For license key, please find it in BarcodeReaderTrialLic.txt.

    const char * pszImageFile = "/Applications/Dynamsoft/Barcode Reader 4.1/

    Now you can build the project and have a run.

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    Barcode result

    To verify if it is working, please open, and execute the application.

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    Barcode result