Barcode scanner sample

Shows how to obtain a barcode scanner, claim it for exclusive use, enable it to receive data, and read a barcode.

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This sample shows how to:

  1. Obtain the barcode scanner

    Uses a DeviceWatcher to enumerate and select the first barcode scanner.

  2. Claim the barcode scanner for exclusive use

    Uses ClaimScannerAsync to claim the device.

  3. Add event handlers

    Uses DataReceived and ReleaseDeviceRequested events.

    When an application gets a request to release its exclusive claim to the barcode scanner, it must handle the request by retaining the device; otherwise, it will lose its claim. The second scenario in this sample shows the release and retain functionality. The event handler for ReleaseDeviceRequested shows how retain the device.

  4. Set active symbologies

    Uses the GetSupportedSymbologiesAsync method to determine which symbologies are supported by the scanner and the SetActiveSymbologiesAsync method to specify which symbologies are active.

  5. Set symbology attributes

    Uses the GetSymbologyAttributesAsync method to determine what symbology attributes are supported by the scanner and the SetSymbologyAttributesAsync method to enable or disable them.

  6. Control camera-based barcode scanners

    Detects camera-based barcode scanners by checking the VideoDeviceId property and shows an in-app preview of the barcode camera. Shows and hides the video preview window with the ShowVideoPreviewAsync and HideVideoPreview methods. Controls the software trigger with the StartSoftwareTriggerAsync and StopSoftwareTrigger methods.

The app package manifest shows how to specify the device capability name for the Point of Service (POS) devices. All POS apps are required declare DeviceCapability in the app package manifest, either by using "PointofService" as shown in this sample or by using a device specific GUID, such as "C243FFBD-3AFC-45E9-B3D3-2BA18BC7EBC5" for a barcode scanner.

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Windows.Devices.PointOfService namespace
Supported Point of Service Peripherals
USB HID POS Scanner specification
Windows app samples

System requirements

  • 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

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Deploying the sample

  • Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

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