5 best Windows 10 barcode scanner software

By: Madeleine Dean
4 minute read

When we want to decode the details of a barcode and do a search for the item, we often can’t find the right tool. You can now easily avoid such situations by turning your Windows 10 device into a barcode scanner.

Here are the best Windows 10 barcode scanner tools to use


QR Code and Barcode Reader

QR Code and Barcode Reader windows 10
QR Code and Barcode Reader is perhaps the most comprehensive app when it comes to reading barcodes. Using this app is very simple, all you need to do is point your computer webcam on a code and the details will show immediately at the bottom of the app bar. QR Code and Barcode Reader, as its name suggests also offers the possibility to read codes located on images and even save them in the “Catalog” if you need to use them later. You can also scan codes from images stored on your device.

Apart from barcodes, the tool also supports the following content types: URL, Windows Store URL, contact information and business cards (vCard, meCard, bizCard), email messages, SMS, WiFi, and SEPA Credit Transfer (Giro Code).

You can buy QR Code and Barcode Reader for $2.49 from the Windows Store.


Scan

scan barcode reader windows 10

Scan is a fast and user-friendly QR reader and barcode scanner. It’s easy to use, simply install it, turn on your computer’s camera and you’re ready to go. Scan is a very reliable app, it catches even blurry barcodes, and it doesn’t bring any unwanted ads.

Scan recognizes all of the popular barcode types (UPC, EAN, and ISBN) and shows you pricing, reviews, and more. However, barcode scanning requires a high-resolution camera in order to work reliably as older devices don’t usually provide the resolution or focus required for barcode scanning.

Scan also keeps the history logs and pictures of all of your past scans and allows you to customize how it works in Settings.

You can purchase Scan for $1.99 from the Windows Store.


BcWebCam

BcWebCam barcode scanner windows 10

This free barcode scanning tool instantly scans your barcode and displays the results online. You can simply install the app and use your webcam to scan the barcodes, there is no need to customize any settings. Start bcWebCam, place the cursor in the target field of your app, and hold the barcode in front of the camera. The barcode will be read automatically.

The only disadvantage of BcWebCam is the limited list of supported codes, which include only EAN 13 and EAN 8. However, you can use this tool to read QR codes used in magazines and web sites.

You can download BcWebCam for free from the tool’s official page.


Free Barcode Scanner & Reader Software

Free Barcode Scanner Reader Software

Barcode Scanner Software is a free barcode reader software that supports reading and scanning 10+ linear barcode types and QR Code, Data Matrix, and PDF417. It supports the following file formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF files.

Recognizing barcodes from images is simple: all you need to do is click on BarcodeLabelsScanner.exe to launch the app, choose your barcode type in your scanning image, then click on the button “Load Barocd Image” to open your reading image. The software will scan the image, and display the barcode value in the bottom text box.

You can download the Barcode Scanner and Reader Software for free from OnBarCode.


Scandit Barcode Scanner

scandit barcode scanner windows 10

The latest version for this tool, Scandit SDK 4.10 offers support for UWP apps, which means that you can use it on both Windows 10 PC and Mobile. Thanks to Scandit, you can now turn your Windows 10 device into an enterprise-grade barcode scanning and data capture tools.

This tool is very reliable, and is able to decode barcodes even in the low light environments. Skewed angles, blurry, damaged, and small barcodes are all decodable even on low resolution cameras. Scandit can also deal with barcodes in motion and multiple barcodes at once.

The tool uses a wide software data base, allowing it to support a plethora of barcode types inclusing: UPC-A / UPC-E, EAN-8 / EAN-13, EAN-2 / EAN-5, Interleaved-Two-of-Five, Code 39, MSI Plessey, GS1 Databar and more.

Of course, Scandit’s price tag reflects its value and reliability. You can purchase the tool for $199.00 for a monthly subscription, or $1,999.00 a year and you can install it on up to 100 devices.


As you can see, the barcode reading apps listed in this article can be used for various purposes. You can install a free barcode reading tool if you’re planning to only use the software occasionally. If you’re looking for a professional barcode reading software, then you should purchase the Scandit Barcode Reader.

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