Barcode Reader SDK for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 8


The royalty free SD-TOOLKIT Barcode Reader SDK for Microsoft Windows Mobile and Windows Phone allows you to read barcode symbols from C, C++, C#, and VB.NET programming languages. By using our barcode api you will be able to integrate barcode reading functionality into your windows mobile or windows phone 8 application within several hours or even less. Tools, information, and sample applications are provided to help you integrate high performance barcode recognition functionality into your application or solution.

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product version: 2.1.136

product release notes:

Supported Platforms

  • Desktop OS: Windows XP SP2 and higher
  • Mobile Platforms: Windows Mobile 5.0 and later, Windows CE 5.01 and later, Windows Phone 8

Supported barcode types

  • 1D Barcodes: Code 11, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, Codabar, Interleaved 2 of 5, Patch Code, EAN13, EAN8, UPC-A, UPC-B, Plus 2, Plus 5, Intelligent Mail, Planet.
  • 2D Barcodes: Data Matrix, PDF417, QRCode, MicroQR


The diagram below demonstrate basic SDK components usage concept.

To access barcode recognition functionality your application will communicate with SDT Barcode runtime components through programming interface (SDK library). Programming interface is programming language dependent. Both Libraries and runtime components are included into SDK. Runtime components must be included into your application setup for distribution to your clients as a part of your software application. Seee below which types of runtimes can be used from certain programming languages. The core SDK component is Barcode Reader Engine. On input the Barcode Reader Engine receive image file or image data allocated in memory. The image can be either scanned document or captured photo. The Engine reads the input and recognize known types of barcodes on it. On output the Engine returns a list of detected barcode values and properties such as position on image, barcode type etc.

Runtimes and Supported Programming languages

  • Native API library Windows (SDTBarcode.dll): C/C++, C#
  • .NET library (SDTBarcodeARM.Net.dll): Managed C++, C#, VB.NET

The following diagrams demonstrate linkage between various libraries and a language/technology it is mainly made for.

Microsoft Windows Mobile runtimes and API

SDTBarcode.dll - Native Windows CE DLL. Core barcode recognition API library. This library export functions can be called from most programming languages.
SDTBarcodeARM.Net.dll - .NET Assembly. A .NET wrapper on the top of native API developed as a .NET control for integration into C# and VB.NET application.


Microsoft Windows Phone 8 runtimes and API

SDTCoreBarcodeWP.dll, SDTCoreBarcodeWP.winmd - Native Windows Phone 8 runtimes. Core barcode recognition API library. Not called directly but from SDTBarcodeScannerWP.dll
SDTBarcodeScannerWP.dll - Windows Phone 8 .NET Assembly. A .NET control for integration barcode recognition into Windows phone 8 XAML.


More details regarding how to read barcodes from various programming languages you will find in Using the SDK section.