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Top 16 Scanners and OCR SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 20 Jun 2024 CET
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Top 16 Scanners and OCR SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 16 most popular Scanners and OCR SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Scanner and OCR SDKs enable apps to scan and process texts and QR codes from images and documents. While Scanner SDKs provide apps with the ability to scan, crop, rotate, and color correct documents and QRs, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) SDKs recognize text in scanned images and documents and convert them into machine-readable texts. These SDKs may also provide tools for language detection, spell checking, and formatting.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Scanners and OCR SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 79.62% have integrated ZXing. This accounts for 59.57% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

ZXing ("zebra crossing") is an open-source, multi-format 1D/2D barcode image processing SDK implemented in Java, with ports to other languages.

Total Apps
79.62k
App Store
App Share
79.62%
App Store
Apps
79.17k
Games
441
Total Downloads
16.61b
App Store
Download Share
59.57%
App Store
App Downloads
15.01b
Game Downloads
1.60b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ZXing.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 7.89% have integrated ZBar. This accounts for 8.60% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

ZBar is an open source software suite for reading bar codes from various sources, such as video streams, image files, and raw intensity sensors.

Total Apps
7.89k
App Store
App Share
7.89%
App Store
Apps
7.84k
Games
45
Total Downloads
2.40b
App Store
Download Share
8.60%
App Store
App Downloads
2.18b
Game Downloads
218.70m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ZBar.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 7.85% have integrated ML Kit by Google. This accounts for 31.67% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
7.85k
App Store
App Share
7.85%
App Store
Apps
7.81k
Games
37
Total Downloads
8.83b
App Store
Download Share
31.67%
App Store
App Downloads
8.82b
Game Downloads
7.57m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ML Kit by Google.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 3.17% have integrated QRCodeReaderViewController. This accounts for 3.80% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

QRCodeReaderViewController was initially a simple QRCode reader SDK. But it now lets you specify the format type you want to decode.

Total Apps
3.17k
App Store
App Share
3.17%
App Store
Apps
3.15k
Games
17
Total Downloads
1.06b
App Store
Download Share
3.80%
App Store
App Downloads
813.55m
Game Downloads
245.37m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use QRCodeReaderViewController.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 1.36% have integrated Tesseract OCR. This accounts for 1.80% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

The Tesseract OCR SDK contains an OCR engine — libtesseract and a command line program — tesseract. Tesseract 4 adds a new neural net (LSTM) based OCR engine which is focused on line recognition, but also still supports the legacy Tesseract OCR engine of Tesseract 3 which works by recognizing character patterns.

Total Apps
1.36k
App Store
App Share
1.36%
App Store
Apps
1.32k
Games
33
Total Downloads
501.22m
App Store
Download Share
1.80%
App Store
App Downloads
486.88m
Game Downloads
14.34m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Tesseract OCR.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 1.17% have integrated Scandit. This accounts for 4.35% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Scandit develops software for mobile enterprise apps with the highest quality barcode scanning, text and objects recognition, and augmented reality solutions.

Total Apps
1.17k
App Store
App Share
1.17%
App Store
Apps
1.17k
Games
1
Total Downloads
1.21b
App Store
Download Share
4.35%
App Store
App Downloads
1.21b
Game Downloads
4.32k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Scandit.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Genius Scan. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
543
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
543
Games
0
Total Downloads
50.52m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
50.52m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Genius Scan.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Scanbot. This accounts for 1.35% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
199
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
199
Games
0
Total Downloads
377.29m
App Store
Download Share
1.35%
App Store
App Downloads
377.29m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Scanbot.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Cortex Decoder. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
180
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
180
Games
0
Total Downloads
253.54k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
253.54k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Cortex Decoder.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated ABBYY. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Mobile document capture and on-device text recognition. Create smooth self-service experiences for customers.

Total Apps
53
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
53
Games
0
Total Downloads
30.31m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
30.31m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ABBYY.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Dynamsoft Barcode Reader. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
49
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
49
Games
0
Total Downloads
915.14k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
915.14k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Dynamsoft Barcode Reader.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Pixolus. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Pixolus is an SDK that automates data acquisition. Users only need a smartphone and Pixolus's image recognition software to acquire content and data.

Total Apps
41
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
41
Games
0
Total Downloads
258.24k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
258.24k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Pixolus.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated PSPDFKit. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

PSPDFKit is the best framework for working with PDF files. The PSPDFKit SDK provides first-rate PDF solutions for your application with features like annotating, signing, and form filling.

Total Apps
36
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
36
Games
0
Total Downloads
1.74m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.74m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use PSPDFKit.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Anyline SDK. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Anyline is a mobile OCR SDK that enables you to scan numbers and short text within your application.

Total Apps
31
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
31
Games
0
Total Downloads
11.59m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
11.59m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Anyline SDK.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Zebra Scanners. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
29
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
29
Games
0
Total Downloads
25.31k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
25.31k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Zebra Scanners.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Docutain. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
3
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3
Games
0
Total Downloads
506.68k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
506.68k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Docutain.

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