The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK supports iPhone, iPod, iPad, and most Android devices for mobile barcode reading.

Mobile Operating Systems

  • Android

    Android is the most popular operating system for mobile devices with over 80% of the market share for smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Developed by Google, Android is based on the popular Linux operating system, is open-source, and is designed specifically for touchscreen devices.

  • iOS

    Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, utilized by devices such as iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch, is one of the world's most popular and widely used platforms. First released in 2007, it is home to one of the world's most popular digital distribution tools, the App Store.


  • Swift

    Swift is a robust programming language created specifically for iOS, OSX, and Linux. This powerful programming suite is designed for rapid and simple application development for most Apple platforms. Swift is open source, frequently updated, and built upon decades of knowledge.

  • Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova

    Apache Cordova is an open source, mobile application development framework based on CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript. Also known as PhoneGap, the frameworks allows for cross platform development, including access to native operating system API’s and features through user callable plug-ins. Cordova/PhoneGap plugins for the Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK are available for both iOS and Android.

  • React Native

    React Native is an open source framework for building native iOS and Android applications from a single code base. React Native is based on the ReactJS JavaScript library: developers use HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to develop applications. Like other cross-platform environments, React provides access to native operating system API’s and functions through user callable plug-ins. The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK is available for React Native for both iOS and Android, including a working sample application.

  • Xamarin

    Xamarin, now a subsidiary of Microsoft, offers an open-source C# framework for multi-platform development without sacrificing the performance, usability, and capabilities of native user interfaces, controls, and features. The Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK is available for Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms for both iOS and Android.

  • Ionic

    Ionic is a popular library of front-end components designed for the Cordova framework. With Ionic, developers can create cross platform applications with HTML5 that still have a native application look and feel. Like Cordova, Ionic is open source, free to use, and frequently updated. Sample Ionic applications are included with the Cognex Mobile Barcode SDK Cordova plug-in.

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