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Top 19 Scanners and OCR SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 21 Feb 2024 CET
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Top 19 Scanners and OCR SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play

We at 42matters have identified the 19 most popular Scanners and OCR SDKs leveraged by Android apps available on the Android 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 Google Play 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, 92.44% have integrated ZXing. This accounts for 97.10% 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
634.52k
Google Play
App Share
92.44%
Google Play
Apps
567.69k
Games
66.83k
Total Downloads
317.53b
Google Play
Download Share
97.10%
Google Play
App Downloads
187.90b
Game Downloads
129.64b

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

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 19.26% have integrated ZXing Android Embedded. This accounts for 9.74% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

ZXing Android Embedded is a barcode scanning SDK for Android, using ZXing for decoding.

Total Apps
132.20k
Google Play
App Share
19.26%
Google Play
Apps
131.80k
Games
406
Total Downloads
31.87b
Google Play
Download Share
9.74%
Google Play
App Downloads
29.35b
Game Downloads
2.52b

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

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 6.81% have integrated Phonegap Barcode Scanner. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Phonegap Barcode Scanner is SDK that enables barcode scanning.

Total Apps
46.74k
Google Play
App Share
6.81%
Google Play
Apps
46.58k
Games
160
Total Downloads
1.12b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.10b
Game Downloads
12.01m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Phonegap Barcode Scanner.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 6.17% have integrated Barcode Scanner Views. This accounts for 1.81% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Android library SDK that provides easy to use and extensible Barcode Scanner views based on ZXing and ZBar.

Total Apps
42.37k
Google Play
App Share
6.17%
Google Play
Apps
42.22k
Games
156
Total Downloads
5.90b
Google Play
Download Share
1.81%
Google Play
App Downloads
5.45b
Game Downloads
454.91m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Barcode Scanner Views.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 3.15% have integrated Code Scanner. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
21.61k
Google Play
App Share
3.15%
Google Play
Apps
21.57k
Games
33
Total Downloads
2.94b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.93b
Game Downloads
3.88m

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

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, 1.65% have integrated ZBar. This accounts for <1% 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
11.32k
Google Play
App Share
1.65%
Google Play
Apps
11.25k
Games
72
Total Downloads
2.37b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.30b
Game Downloads
74.16m

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

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

The QRCodeReaderView SDK is a modification of the ZXING Barcode Scanner project for easy Android QR-Code detection and AR purposes. This project implements an Android view which shows the camera and notifies users when there's a QR code inside the preview.

Total Apps
6.20k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
6.19k
Games
10
Total Downloads
1.15b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.15b
Game Downloads
146.24k

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

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Tesseract OCR. This accounts for <1% 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
3.08k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
3.05k
Games
23
Total Downloads
923.94m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
919.22m
Game Downloads
4.71m

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

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

tess-two offers a fork of Tesseract Tools for Android (tesseract-android-tools) that adds some additional functions. Tesseract Tools for Android is a set of Android APIs and build files for the Tesseract OCR and Leptonica image processing libraries.

Total Apps
2.99k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.96k
Games
23
Total Downloads
903.12m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
898.41m
Game Downloads
4.71m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use tess-two.

Among all apps utilizing scanners and ocr SDKs, <1% have integrated Scandit. This accounts for <1% 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
1.65k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.65k
Games
2
Total Downloads
631.18m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
631.13m
Game Downloads
54.60k

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
835
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
835
Games
0
Total Downloads
115.13m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
115.13m
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 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
834
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
833
Games
1
Total Downloads
1.40b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.40b
Game Downloads
5.23k

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

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
343
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
343
Games
0
Total Downloads
5.32m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
5.30m
Game Downloads
14.20k

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

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

Total Apps
283
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
283
Games
0
Total Downloads
109.88m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
109.88m
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 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
233
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
232
Games
1
Total Downloads
26.02m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
26.02m
Game Downloads
327

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

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
184
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
184
Games
0
Total Downloads
713.92m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
713.92m
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 Cortex Decoder. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
176
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
176
Games
0
Total Downloads
35.96m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
35.96m
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 Dynamsoft Barcode Reader. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
30
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
27
Games
3
Total Downloads
932.71k
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
702.67k
Game Downloads
230.04k

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 Docutain. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the scanners and ocr SDK category.

Total Apps
7
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
7
Games
0
Total Downloads
5.19m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
5.19m
Game Downloads
0

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

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