Scan barcode and QR code directly in Glide into a field in a form

Hey Yinon - have you seen this video - we answer a few points in here: https://youtu.be/xZ6K0_YX4Gs

There are many things that using the phones camera would unlock for Glide. We can’t do it quite yet - as I explain in the video.

For your final question I’m not entirely sure what you mean. If you mean share a link to the current app that is open - yes - you can just add the ‘Share’ action to a button or image.

If you mean you want a link like https://open.spotify.com/browse/featured or https://org.slack.com/archives/2883870d0s9f7 to open Spotify or Slack - then this is also not possible yet. I talk about this in the video above.

Hi @JackVaughan. Thanks for the elaborate answer. Will watch the video now.
As for my last question, what I meant was as follows:
Let’s say I did find a suitable scanning app that when opening it all it does is scan and copy the barcode’s result so I can than paste it back in my glide app.
So the question is, is there a way to create a link to this app (which install on the user’s phone) that I can embed in my glide app so the user can open it directly without the need to go vua the Google play or app store (which the app link allow to open the app directly from there).

I don’t have Spotify or slack in my phone so the links you shared open a browser sign in page. Is that what they supposed to do? If so, this is not what I meant. I meant open a ln app that installed on my phone from a link. Hope I’ve explained myself better now :smiley:

Thanks!

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Hi everyone, I’m also looking into this feature for the company I’m building. I’m not quite ready yet for coding my own app, but I would like a way to experiment with the tracking idea I have in my mind.

If you come up with any work around let me know…

I found this post from earlier this year in the old community forum: https://spectrum.chat/glideapps/feature-requests/scan-qr-bar-code-code-to-for-entries-text-number-etc~bc2ded0f-b442-44b5-9939-0013e0887fa5

Hi, the feature of scanning bar code will be also useful for one of the app I’m building. The app is used for inventory (stock in warehouse) management.
Currently I need to input manually item reference (up to 12 characters), having the possibility to scan a bar code as an entry for the search field will be very usefull. I have a lot of references that are quite the same (1 or 2 digits difference), so even typing in the search field, I often need to input a lot of character to find the right item.

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Hi All,
Scanning a QR code through the Glide app would be amazing for us.
We deliver coupon cards to customers and we need the customer to scan the card as he collects it to pair it with his account.
The ideal for me would be to have the camera app open from within glide to have it then scan a QR code and paste the data into a pre-determined cell in the sheet.
I’ll manage from there…
I think this will allow for many use cases, from stock management to pairing clients with physical objects to smart marketing with QR codes in the wild etc. etc.
I don’t know how feasible it would be but I think it would definitely bring great value to many people here.
It’s at least the third time such a feature has been asked, once by me a few months back… I don’t know if it’s simply unfeasible or very low in priority since I never heard any feedback from glide people about it…
Please help! :slight_smile:

Ramon

P.S.
Offline apps are also super super important, tourists rarely have good internet and it kills us! don’t give up! :heart:

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It is a feature some people have asked for before. (thread 1, thread 2)
I would use it to track class attendance

also having an option to scan barcodes in the search bar would be a great addition. It is similar to many E-commerce apps which have an option to scan barcodes in the search tab in order to find the item they are looking for from a list.

Hi Jack,
I already saw the video, but … wondering if the QR integration is possible in Android (I understand that you guys need “Apple help” to support it in iOS)

Regards

ABC

@yinon_raviv sorry for the late reply! This slipped by me.

It’s a good idea.

So I tried using https://webqr.com/ within a Glide app and I was able to upload or take an image from within the in-app browser.

If you chose a service like WebQR that then generated a link from a QR and then gave that user the option to copy the link after scanning - then you would be pretty close I think.

Is that what you meant?

The links I shared are supposed to be clicked on a phone and yes - they will open those apps only if you have them installed on your phone. We would like to be able to have this for Glide apps in future.

See my post above.

QR integration is not possible in Android unfortunately.

Hi @JackVaughan
Specifically this scan only QR codes while I need a scanner which scan regular 1D barcode’s.
In general this is exactly what I meant, the ability to scan barcode and copy the number/link that it represent and to auto copy it to a predetermined cell/field in my glide form

Yes for sure - i was giving the example in principle. If you can find a 1D barcode scanner that worked the same way then please share it here! :+1:t4:

https://demo.dynamsoft.com/dbr_wasm/barcode_reader_javascript.html

This one for example. I didn’t manage to make it copy the results by itself though.
So needed 5o copy myself and paste in a field which is not user friendly

QRCode scan in addition to keyboard input could be top!!

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Really need this one!
Using the image picker and selecting camera will only allow a picture vs. a QRCode scan.this makes sense, ofc, because the filed is set for image … but it would be realllllly helpful to have a qrcode component which opens the cam in QRCode scan mode.

If it’s helpful, here’s a link to an HTML5 in-browser QRcode scanner:
https://github.com/schmich/instascan.

I’d also be open to contributing financially, if I can afford it, for this as well as a input type range slider component.
https://www.html5tutorial.info/html5-range.php

We need it as well! Then staff can then verify membership status of their customers without typing in their name.

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Agree a barcode scanner tied to the search field would be hugely helpful for us. I know barcodes seem antiquated, but a lot of enterprise IT departments still use asset tags to mark organization owned devices. Being able to easily scan an asset tag to search for a device has a ton of value. It means we can search for multiple devices much more quickly than manually typing in a number. That’s a lot of time saved.

I can also see scenarios where UPC or other types of barcodes could help with inventory. Book stores, grocery stores, and plenty more could get through inventory a lot more quickly with a native barcode scanner tied directly to the search field. Thank you for considering! I know with all the barcode formats out there implementing the feature can be a pain, but I really do think it would be worth the effort.

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Hello, i just arrive on Glide and i was looking for this feature also to See if it’s possible.

You can use Niko Keyboard, it’s an Android app Which allow you to scan barcode direct using Keyboard of your Phone.

You just put an input box and then you touch the box and when Keyboard appears, you will be able to scan barcode

I use it for work and that’s pretty useful to fill input box from barcode.

Hope it can help you.

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Hi everyone - I cobbled together a solution to allow users to scan QR Codes in Glide.

It works by using Image Picker in the Layout which then creates a URL of an image hosted by GlideApps that is input into Google Sheets. I then wrote a script in Google Sheets that takes the URL and runs it through an API that decodes QR images and then I used a REGEX in the script to pull out the relevant info I am looking for and output it into the relevant columns.

I did a short write up : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/building-basic-access-records-tracker-contact-tracing-eu-zhijing and a video description for those of you who prefer to watch vs read : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt6isGMkagw

Admittedly it is a bit ugly and inefficient - I have not tested whether it will scale but it sort of works for now. Hopefully, Glide introduces a native component to directly input QR Codes soon.

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