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SDK Initialization | Cordova Barcode Scanner

License Key#

In order to run the Scanbot SDK functionality within your production app, you have to purchase and use a valid Scanbot SDK license.

Each license key is valid only for a given app bundle identifier. You will be unable to use any of the SDK features if the license key is corrupted, expired or invalid in any other way.

Trial License#

The Scanbot SDK will run without a license for one minute per session! To get an unrestricted, "no-strings-attached" 30-day trial license, please submit the Trial License Form on our website.

Please kindly note that a trial license can only be used in a development and staging environment. You are not allowed to publish your app to the App Store, Play Store or any 3rd party Android App Store with a trial license.

Purchase a Production License#

To get pricing information and purchase a production license for the Scanbot SDK please request a quote.

App Identifier#

Every app has a unique identifier (sometimes also known as "bundle identifier" or "application ID"). Your license will be bound to this identifier. To request a trial license or purchase a production license you have to provide us the bundle identifier of your app.

To request a trial license or purchase a production license you have to provide us with the identifier of your app. Please find this identifier in the config.xml file of your Cordova app project:

<widget id="" ...>


ScanbotBarcodeSdk.initializeSdk(successCallback, errorCallback, options) The Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK must be initialized before usage. Make sure to call the initialization after the deviceready Cordova event has been fired.

The following arguments can be passed as options on initialization:


  • licenseKey: Your license key for the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK.
  • loggingEnabled: Optional logging flag. Recommended enabling for debug builds.
  • storageBaseDirectory: Optional directory as file URI to override the default storage directory of the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK. The SDK stores the optional snapped images in this folder.


// Please note: this is just an example license key string (it is not a valid license)var licenseKey =    "fXbN2PmyqEAZ+btdkSIS36TuX2j/EE5qxVNcZMXYErbLQ" +    "3OBnE10aOQxYI8L4UKwHiZ63jthvoFwUevttctBk0wVJ7Z" +    "+Psz3/Ry8w7pXvfpB1o+JrnzGGcfwBnRi/5raQ2THDeokR" +    "RB1keky2VBOFYbCfYt3Hqms5txF2z70PE/SBTMTIVuxL7q" +    "1xcHDHclbEBriDtrHw8Pmhh9FqTg/r/4kRN/oEX37QGp+Y" +    "3ogwIBbSmV+Cv+VuwtI31uXY3/GkyN/pSJZspIl+exwQDv" +    "O0O1/R/oAURpfM4ydaWReRJtjW8+b1r9rUgPERguaXfcse" +    "HlnclItgDfBHzUUFJJU/g==\nU2NhbmJvdFNESwppby5zY" +    "2FuYm90LmRlbW8ueGFtYXJpbgoxNDg0NjExMTk5CjcxNjc" +    "KMw==\n";
var options = {  licenseKey: '<YOUR_SCANBOT_SDK_LICENSE_KEY>',  loggingEnabled: false,  storageBaseDirectory: 'file:///some/optional/custom/storage-folder/'};
ScanbotBarcodeSdk.initializeSdk(function(result) {    // SDK initialized    console.log(result);  }, function(error) {    // Error initializing the SDK    console.log('Unable to initialize the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK: ' + error);  }, options);

Updating License Key in Production Apps#

To renew an expired license or extend a valid license with new Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK features, you will have to update your app in the App Store or Play Store. The expiration date and the feature list of a license are contained in an encrypted data part of the license key string. This means a renewal or extension of a license will cause a new license key string to be generated.

License Check in Production Apps#

If your Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK license has expired, any call of the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK API will terminate your app or result in an error. To prevent this you should always check for license expiration during the runtime by calling the method ScanbotBarcodeSdk.getLicenseInfo(). If the result of await returns result.isLicenseValid == false, you should disable any usage of the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK functions or UI components in your app. We highly recommend implementing a suitable handling of this case in your app!


Use this function to check the current state of the license. The SDK must be initialized.

ScanbotBarcodeSdk.getLicenseInfo(function(result) {    if (result.isLicenseValid) {        // Making your calls of the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK Plugin API is now safe.        // e.g. start the Barcode Scanner:        ScanbotBarcodeSdk.startBarcodeScanner(...);    }    else {        // Implement a suitable handling (e.g. disable Scanbot functionality in your App)        alert("Scanbot SDK (trial) license has expired!");    }}, sdkErrorCallback);


  • result.isLicenseValid : Contains a boolean status value of the license. true means the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK license is valid and all features can be used normally. false means the license is not valid and any call of the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK API will not work or result in an error.
  • result.licenseStatus : A LicenseStatus enum type that describes the status of the current license key.
  • result.licenseStatusMessage - A detailed message string for debugging purposes. Not intended for displaying in the UI for the end user.

License Status Types#

  • LicenseStatus.StatusOkay : OK, the license key is valid.
  • LicenseStatus.StatusTrial : No license key installed, trial mode is active.
  • LicenseStatus.StatusFailureNotSet : License error: No license installed.
  • LicenseStatus.StatusFailureCorrupted : License error: The license key string is corrupted. Please check the format.
  • LicenseStatus.StatusFailureWrongOS : License error: The license key does not include support for current Operating System (Android or iOS).
  • LicenseStatus.StatusFailureAppIDMismatch : License error: The license key does not match the Application ID (on Android) or Bundle ID (on iOS) of the this app.
  • LicenseStatus.StatusFailureExpired : License error: License has expired.


When initializing the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK you can enable logging of the SDK. By default logging is disabled.

On Android logs are printed into LogCat as well as saved on the device. The easiest way to check the log outputs on Android is to use the Android Debug Bridge (adb). (e.g. $ adb -s <DEVICE_ID> shell "logcat")

On iOS all logs are printed to the console. Please use Xcode to check the log outputs. There will be no log files created by the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK plugin.

Please note: While it may be useful for development, consider switching logging OFF in production builds for security and performance reasons!