Barcode scanner provider sample

Demonstrates a basic OCR-based barcode scanner provider.

Note: This sample is part of a large collection of UWP feature samples. You can download this sample as a standalone ZIP file from, or you can download the entire collection as a single ZIP file, but be sure to unzip everything to access shared dependencies. For more info on working with the ZIP file, the samples collection, and GitHub, see Get the UWP samples from GitHub. For more samples, see the Samples portal on the Windows Dev Center.

This sample shows how to:

  1. Register as a barcode scanner provider

    The sample declares the windows.barcodeScannerProvider extension in the application manifest. It also declares the cameraProcessingExtension restricted capability which permits the app to process images captured from the camera without direct camera control.

  2. Respond to inbound connections

    The BarcodeDecodeTask runs when an inbound connection is created. The Provider registers for the necessary events in order to provide barcode scanning services to the connection. When the software trigger starts, the provider performs OCR on captured frames and reports the results.

  3. Configure the barcode scanner provider

    When the user runs the app, it allows the user to configure the language used for OCR.

You can use the Barcode Scanner sample to test the sample barcode sample provider. Go to the "Displaying a Barcode Preview" scenario and select the Barcode Scanner Provider Sample as your barcode scanner.

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Barcode Scanner


Windows.Devices.PointOfService namespace
Windows app samples

System requirements

Client: Windows 10

Server: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Phone: Windows 10

Build the sample

  1. If you download the samples ZIP, be sure to unzip the entire archive, not just the folder with the sample you want to build.
  2. Start Microsoft Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
  3. Starting in the folder where you unzipped the samples, go to the Samples subfolder, then the subfolder for this specific sample, then the subfolder for your preferred language (C++, C#, or JavaScript). Double-click the Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+B, or select Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

The next steps depend on whether you just want to deploy the sample or you want to both deploy and run it.

Deploying the sample

  • Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

  • To debug the sample and then run it, press F5 or select Debug > Start Debugging. To run the sample without debugging, press Ctrl+F5 or selectDebug > Start Without Debugging.