How to read EAN 13 for barcode reader API in C# with PDF.co Web API

What is PDF.co Web API? It is the Rest API that provides set of data extraction functions, tools for documents manipulation, splitting and merging of pdf files. Includes built-in OCR, images recognition, can generate and read barcodes from images, scans and pdf.

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ByteScoutWebApiExample.csproj

      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Project ToolsVersion="12.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003"> <Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\$(MSBuildToolsVersion)\Microsoft.Common.props" Condition="Exists('$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\$(MSBuildToolsVersion)\Microsoft.Common.props')" /> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProjectGuid>{1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>ByteScoutWebApiExample</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>ByteScoutWebApiExample</AssemblyName> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v4.0</TargetFrameworkVersion> <FileAlignment>512</FileAlignment> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <PlatformTarget>AnyCPU</PlatformTarget> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG;TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <PlatformTarget>AnyCPU</PlatformTarget> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="Newtonsoft.Json, Version=10.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=30ad4fe6b2a6aeed, processorArchitecture=MSIL"> <HintPath>packages\Newtonsoft.Json.10.0.3\lib\net40\Newtonsoft.Json.dll</HintPath> <Private>True</Private> </Reference> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Core" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml.Linq" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Program.cs" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.cs" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <None Include="packages.config" /> <Content Include="EAN13.png"> <CopyToOutputDirectory>Always</CopyToOutputDirectory> </Content> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

ByteScoutWebApiExample.sln

      
Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 12.00 # Visual Studio 2013 VisualStudioVersion = 12.0.40629.0 MinimumVisualStudioVersion = 10.0.40219.1 Project("{FAE04EC0-301F-11D3-BF4B-00C04F79EFBC}") = "ByteScoutWebApiExample", "ByteScoutWebApiExample.csproj", "{1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}" EndProject Global GlobalSection(SolutionConfigurationPlatforms) = preSolution Debug|Any CPU = Debug|Any CPU Release|Any CPU = Release|Any CPU EndGlobalSection GlobalSection(ProjectConfigurationPlatforms) = postSolution {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Debug|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Debug|Any CPU {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Debug|Any CPU.Build.0 = Debug|Any CPU {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Release|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Release|Any CPU {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Release|Any CPU.Build.0 = Release|Any CPU EndGlobalSection GlobalSection(SolutionProperties) = preSolution HideSolutionNode = FALSE EndGlobalSection EndGlobal

Program.cs

      
using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.IO; using System.Net; using System.Threading; using Newtonsoft.Json; using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq; namespace ByteScoutWebApiExample { class Program { // The authentication key (API Key). // Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api const String API_KEY = "***********************************"; // Source file const string SourceFile = @".\EAN13.png"; // Comma-separated list of barcode types to decode. // See the documentation: https://apidocs.pdf.co/?#barcode-reader const string BarcodeTypes = "EAN13"; // Comma-separated list of page indices (or ranges) to process. Leave empty for all pages. Example: '0,2-5,7-'. const string Pages = ""; // (!) Make asynchronous job const bool Async = true; static void Main(string[] args) { // Create standard .NET web client instance WebClient webClient = new WebClient(); // Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY); // Upload file to the cloud string uploadedFileUrl = UploadFile(SourceFile); if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(uploadedFileUrl)) { Console.WriteLine("File upload error."); return; } // * READ BARCODES FROM UPLOADED FILE * // Prepare requests params as JSON // See documentation: https://apidocs.pdf.co/?#barcode-reader Dictionary<string, string> parameters = new Dictionary<string, string>(); parameters.Add("url", uploadedFileUrl); parameters.Add("type", BarcodeTypes); parameters.Add("pages", Pages); parameters.Add("async", Async.ToString()); // Convert dictionary of params to JSON string jsonPayload = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(parameters); try { // URL of "Barcode Reader" endpoint string url = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/barcode/read/from/url"; // Execute POST request with JSON payload string response = webClient.UploadString(url, jsonPayload); // Parse JSON response JObject json = JObject.Parse(response); if (json["error"].ToObject<bool>() == false) { // Asynchronous job ID string jobId = json["jobId"].ToString(); // URL of generated JSON file with decoded barcodes that will available after the job completion string resultFileUrl = json["url"].ToString(); // Check the job status in a loop. // If you don't want to pause the main thread you can rework the code // to use a separate thread for the status checking and completion. do { string status = CheckJobStatus(jobId); // Possible statuses: "working", "failed", "aborted", "success". // Display timestamp and status (for demo purposes) Console.WriteLine(DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString() + ": " + status); if (status == "success") { // Download JSON results file as string string jsonFileString = webClient.DownloadString(resultFileUrl); JArray jsonFoundBarcodes = JArray.Parse(jsonFileString); // Display found barcodes in console foreach (JToken token in jsonFoundBarcodes) { Console.WriteLine("Found barcode:"); Console.WriteLine(" Type: " + token["TypeName"]); Console.WriteLine(" Value: " + token["Value"]); Console.WriteLine(" Document Page Index: " + token["Page"]); Console.WriteLine(" Rectangle: " + token["Rect"]); Console.WriteLine(" Confidence: " + token["Confidence"]); Console.WriteLine(); } break; } else if (status == "working") { // Pause for a few seconds Thread.Sleep(3000); } else { Console.WriteLine(status); break; } } while (true); } else { // Display service reported error Console.WriteLine(json["message"].ToString()); } } catch (WebException e) { // Display request error Console.WriteLine(e.ToString()); } finally { webClient.Dispose(); } Console.WriteLine(); Console.WriteLine("Press any key..."); Console.ReadKey(); } /// <summary> /// Uploads file to the cloud and return URL of uploaded file to use in further API calls. /// </summary> /// <param name="file">Source file name (path).</param> /// <returns>URL of uploaded file</returns> static string UploadFile(string file) { // Create standard .NET web client instance WebClient webClient = new WebClient(); // Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY); try { // 1. RETRIEVE THE PRESIGNED URL TO UPLOAD THE FILE. // * If you already have a direct file URL, skip to the step 3. // Prepare URL for `Get Presigned URL` API call string query = Uri.EscapeUriString(string.Format( "https://api.pdf.co/v1/file/upload/get-presigned-url?contenttype=application/octet-stream&name={0}", Path.GetFileName(file))); // Execute request string response = webClient.DownloadString(query); // Parse JSON response JObject json = JObject.Parse(response); if (json["error"].ToObject<bool>() == false) { // Get URL to use for the file upload string uploadUrl = json["presignedUrl"].ToString(); // Get URL of uploaded file to use with later API calls string uploadedFileUrl = json["url"].ToString(); // 2. UPLOAD THE FILE TO CLOUD. webClient.Headers.Add("content-type", "application/octet-stream"); webClient.UploadFile(uploadUrl, "PUT", file); // You can use UploadData() instead if your file is byte[] or Stream return uploadedFileUrl; } else { // Display service reported error Console.WriteLine(json["message"].ToString()); } } catch (Exception e) { Console.WriteLine(e); throw; } finally { webClient.Dispose(); } return null; } /// <summary> /// Check Job Status /// </summary> static string CheckJobStatus(string jobId) { using (WebClient webClient = new WebClient()) { // Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY); string url = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/job/check?jobid=" + jobId; string response = webClient.DownloadString(url); JObject json = JObject.Parse(response); return Convert.ToString(json["status"]); } } } }

packages.config

      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <packages> <package id="Newtonsoft.Json" version="10.0.3" targetFramework="net40" /> </packages>

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