barcode reader API in JavaScript and PDF.co Web API

Write code in JavaScript to make barcode reader API with this How-To tutorial

On this page you will learn from code samples for programming in JavaScript. Barcode reader API in JavaScript can be implemented with PDF.co Web API. PDF.co Web API is the Web API with a set of tools for documents manipulation, data conversion, data extraction, splitting and merging of documents. Includes image recognition, built-in OCR, barcode generation and barcode decoders to decode bar codes from scans, pictures and pdf.

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ReadBarcodeFromUrl.js
      
var https = require("https"); // Use "npm install request" command to install. var request = require("request"); // The authentication key (API Key). // Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api const API_KEY = "***********************************"; // Direct URL of source file to search barcodes in. const SourceFileUrl = "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/barcode-reader/sample.pdf"; // Comma-separated list of barcode types to search. // See valid barcode types in the documentation https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api/1.0/barcode/read_from_url.html const BarcodeTypes = "Code128,Code39,Interleaved2of5,EAN13"; // Comma-separated list of page indices (or ranges) to process. Leave empty for all pages. Example: '0,2-5,7-'. const Pages = ""; // Sample profile that sets advanced conversion options // Advanced options are properties of Reader class from Bytescout BarCodeReader used in the back-end: // https://cdn.bytescout.com/help/BytescoutBarCodeReaderSDK/html/ba101d21-3db7-eb54-d112-39cadc023d02.htm const Profiles = '{ "profiles": [ { "profile1": { "FastMode": true } } ] }'; // Prepare request to `Barcode Reader` API endpoint var queryPath = `/v1/barcode/read/from/url?types=${BarcodeTypes}&pages=${Pages}&url=${SourceFileUrl}&profiles=${Profiles}&async=True`; var reqOptions = { host: "api.pdf.co", path: encodeURI(queryPath), headers: { "x-api-key": API_KEY } }; // Send request https.get(reqOptions, (response) => { response.on("data", (d) => { // Parse JSON response var data = JSON.parse(d); if (data.error == false) { console.log(`Job #${data.jobId} has been created!`); checkIfJobIsCompleted(data.jobId, data.url); } else { // Service reported error console.log(data.message); } }); }).on("error", (e) => { // Request error console.error(e); }); function checkIfJobIsCompleted(jobId, resultFileUrlJson) { let queryPath = `/v1/job/check?jobid=${jobId}`; let reqOptions = { host: "api.pdf.co", path: encodeURI(queryPath), method: "GET", headers: { "x-api-key": API_KEY } }; https.get(reqOptions, (response) => { response.on("data", (d) => { response.setEncoding("utf8"); // Parse JSON response let data = JSON.parse(d); console.log(`Checking Job #${jobId}, Status: ${data.status}, Time: ${new Date().toLocaleString()}`); if (data.status == "working") { // Check again after 3 seconds setTimeout(function () { checkIfJobIsCompleted(jobId, resultFileUrlJson); }, 3000); } else if (data.status == "success") { request({ method: 'GET', uri: resultFileUrlJson, gzip: true }, function (error, response, body) { // Parse JSON response let respJsonFileArray = JSON.parse(body); respJsonFileArray.forEach((element) => { console.log("Found barcode:"); console.log(" Type: " + element["TypeName"]); console.log(" Value: " + element["Value"]); console.log(" Document Page Index: " + element["Page"]); console.log(" Rectangle: " + element["Rect"]); console.log(" Confidence: " + element["Confidence"]); console.log(); }, this); }); } else { console.log(`Operation ended with status: "${data.status}".`); } }) }); }

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