Wrapping C/C++ Methods of Dynamsoft Barcode SDK for Python

Previously, I shared an article – Make Java Barcode Reader with Dynamsoft Barcode SDK – demonstrating how to implement a Java Barcode Reader with Dynamsoft Barcode SDK. In this tutorial, I’d like to share how to wrap C/C++ methods of Dynamsoft Barcode SDK to create a Barcode extension for Python.

Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK
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Visual Studio Settings for Building Python Extensions on Windows

Let’s create a new win32 project named DynamsoftBarcodeReader in Visual Studio.
Open project properties, and include Python header files and libraries.
python_include python_lib

Add a dependency python27.lib.


Change the Target Extension to .pyd.


A .pyd file is same as DLL. It is the bridge between Python and C/C++. By default, the build configuration is Debug in Visual Studio. If you just build the project directly, you will see the following linkage error:

python build error

Why? The reason is that there is no python27_d.lib at all in Python’s official release package. If you want to link python27_d.lib, you have to download the source code and build a Debug version yourself. So, switch to Release and build the project.
building python successfully

Wrapping C/C++ Methods of Dynamsoft Barcode SDK for Python

Download and install Dynamsoft Barcode Reader.

DBR download button



When you import DynamsoftBarcodeReader in Python script, Python will search for DynamsoftBarcodeReader.pyd and then call initDynamsoftBarcodeReader() to make an initialization. Similar to JNI (Java Native Interface), we have to register the native methods that are accessible to Python.

Python native portal

Let’s add a method for decoding Barcode file. If you have learned the JNI sample code, you should be familiar with it. The only difference is that we need to convert final results to Python object type.

static PyObject *
decodeFile(PyObject *self, PyObject *args)
	char *pFileName;
	int option_iMaxBarcodesNumPerPage = -1;
	int option_llBarcodeFormat = -1;

	if (!PyArg_ParseTuple(args, "s", &pFileName)) {
		return NULL;

	pBarcodeResultArray pResults = NULL;
	ReaderOptions option;
	SetOptions(&option, option_iMaxBarcodesNumPerPage, option_llBarcodeFormat);

	int ret = DBR_DecodeFile(

	if (ret == DBR_OK){
		int count = pResults->iBarcodeCount;
		pBarcodeResult* ppBarcodes = pResults->ppBarcodes;
		pBarcodeResult tmp = NULL;

		PyObject* list = PyList_New(count);
		PyObject* result = NULL;

		for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
			tmp = ppBarcodes[i];
			result = PyString_FromString(tmp->pBarcodeData);

			PyList_SetItem(list, i, Py_BuildValue("iN", (int)tmp->llFormat, result));

        // release memory
		return list;

	return Py_None;

static PyMethodDef methods[] = {
	{ "initLicense", initLicense, METH_VARARGS, NULL },
	{ "decodeFile", decodeFile, METH_VARARGS, NULL },

To automatically copy all relevant DLLs to output directory after building the project, add the following command line in Visual Studio.

copy dll in visual studio

Build the project to generate DynamsoftBarcodeReader.pyd.
Create a Python script under the output directory.
Python barcode programWrite a simple Python Barcode program with following code:

import os.path
import DynamsoftBarcodeReader

formats = {
    0x1FFL : "OneD",
    0x1L   : "CODE_39",
    0x2L : "CODE_128",
    0x4L   : "CODE_93",
    0x8L : "CODABAR",
    0x10L   : "ITF",
    0x20L : "EAN_13",
    0x40L   : "EAN_8",
    0x80L : "UPC_A",
    0x100L   : "UPC_E",

def initLicense(license):

def decodeFile(fileName):
    results = DynamsoftBarcodeReader.decodeFile(fileName)
    for result in results:
        print "barcode format: " + formats[result[0]]
        print "barcode value: " + result[1]

if __name__ == "__main__":
    barcode_image = input("Enter the barcode file: ");
    if not os.path.isfile(barcode_image):
        print "It is not a valid file."

Use the image that provided by Dynamsoft Barcode SDK for a test.

test Python Barcode program

Now it’s your turn to create a fun Python Barcode program with Dynamsoft Barcode SDK.

Source Code