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Filters and Image Processing | Cordova Document Scanner

Apply Image Filter

ScanbotSdk.applyImageFilterOnPage(args: {page: Page, imageFilter: ImageFilter})

Applies an image filter to the hi-res document image of a Page (documentImageFileUri) and refreshes the corresponding preview image (documentPreviewImageFileUri). The original, uncropped image of a Page (originalImageFileUri) will not be modified.

import ScanbotSdk, { Page } from 'cordova-plugin-scanbot-sdk';

private SDK = ScanbotSdk.promisify();
public page: Page = ...

// Always make sure you have a valid license on runtime via SDK.getLicenseInfo()
if (!licenseCheckMethod()) { return; }

const result = await this.SDK.applyImageFilterOnPage({
imageFilter: 'BINARIZED'

// use the updated page from result =;
// reload the image preview, etc..

Supported Image Filters

  • NONE - Optimizes colors, contrast and brightness. Usecase: photos.
  • COLOR - Standard grayscale filter. Creates a grayscaled 8-bit image and optimizes contrast and dynamic range.
  • GRAYSCALE - Standard binarization filter with contrast optimization. Creates a grayscaled 8-bit image with mostly black or white pixels. Usecase: Preparation for optical character recognition.
  • BINARIZED - Fixes white-balance and cleans up the background. Usecase: images of paper documents.
  • COLOR_DOCUMENT - A filter for binarizing an image. Creates an 8-bit image with pixel values set to eiter 0 or 255. Usecase: Preparation for optical character recognition.
  • PURE_BINARIZED - Cleans up the background and tries to preserve photos within the image. Usecase: magazine pages, flyers.
  • BACKGROUND_CLEAN - Black and white filter with background cleaning. Creates a grayscaled 8-bit image with mostly black or white pixels. Usecase: Textual documents or documents with black and white illustrations.
  • BLACK_AND_WHITE - A filter for black and white conversion using OTSU binarization.
  • OTSU_BINARIZATION - A filter for black and white conversion primary used for low-contrast documents.
  • DEEP_BINARIZATION - A filter that enhances edges in low-contrast documents.
  • EDGE_HIGHLIGHT - Binarization filter primary inteded to use on low-contrast documents with heavy shadows.
  • LOW_LIGHT_BINARIZATION - Binarization filter primary intended to use on low-contrast documents with heavy shadows.
  • LOW_LIGHT_BINARIZATION_2 - Standard grayscale filter. Creates a grayscaled 8-bit image.

Get Filtered Preview Image

ScanbotSdk.getFilteredDocumentPreviewUri(args: {page: Page, imageFilter: ImageFilter})

This API method just creates a temporary preview image of the document image of a Page based on the given filter. It does not modify the document image of the Page.

For instance, you can use this method to create previews, so the user can test and see the image filter results without applying the filters to the hi-res document images. If the user has decided on a filter, you can apply it on the actual hi-res document image via applyImageFilterOnPage.

public filteredPreviewImageUri: string;

const result = await this.SDK.getFilteredDocumentPreviewUri({

// use the imageFileUri from result to show a preview image of an image filter
this.filteredPreviewImageUri = result.imageFileUri;
<img [src]="filteredPreviewImageUri" />

Page Processing

All SDK components (UI and non-UI) which generate or modify scanned documents use the notion of a Page as a data model.

A Page object represents a scanned or imported document page and has the following fields:

export interface Page {
/** A string identifying the page in the internal page file storage */
pageId: string;

/** The page's cropping polygon as calculated by a document detection operation or as set by the cropping UI. Modifying the polygon will change the polygon as shown in the cropping UI but will not automatically re-crop the original image */
polygon: PolygonPoint[];

/** The document detection result status for the operation that produced the page */
detectionResult: DetectionStatus;

/** The image source */
pageImageSource: PageImageSource;

/** The Image Filter that was applied on the page image */
filter: ImageFilterType;

/** The value that was set for `documentImageSizeLimit`, which limits the maximum size of the document image. */
documentImageSizeLimit?: Size;

/** File URI of the original image */
originalImageFileUri: string;

/** File URI of the cropped document image (if document detection was successful) */
documentImageFileUri?: string;

/** File URI of a screen-sized preview of the original image */
originalPreviewImageFileUri: string;

/** File URI of a screen-sized preview of the document image (if document detection was successful) */
documentPreviewImageFileUri?: string;

Pages are stored in an internal page file storage, where the pageId serves as a name prefix for the stored image files. Operations that modify pages work in-place. That is, for example, rotatePage() overwrites the page's image files with their rotated versions. This behavior differs from the behavior of raw image functions like rotateImage() which always create a new file. All URI properties of a page have a ?minihash= query parameter appended to them with the hash of a portion of the image file. Different images will almost always have a different hash and therefore a different URI, which will force the WebView to reload the page's images when changed.

Persistence of Page Objects

Scanbot SDK does not persist page objects, only the image files (.jpg or .png). The management of page objects and the persistence of the page metadata is left to the app. Depending on the use case, it may be necessary to persist the data of the page objects in the app (e.g. as JSON in a local SQLite database). If this is the case, the following must be considered.

The Page objects contain absolute paths to the image files:

"pageId": "60426F47-4119-48F8-ADA9-F7E60D583CB4",
"documentPreviewImageFileUri": "file:///var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/54286F82-A8F7-4850-A684-8D3487726A4D/Library/Application%20Support/net.doo.ScanbotSDK/SBSDK_ImageStorage_Default/PageFileStorage/JPEG/documents/60426F47-4119-48F8-ADA9-F7E60D583CB4_preview.jpg?minihash=a236a8ba5510cd0f4e88bd2045f52c4e",
"originalImageFileUri": "file:///var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/54286F82-A8F7-4850-A684-8D3487726A4D/Library/Application%20Support/net.doo.ScanbotSDK/SBSDK_ImageStorage_Default/PageFileStorage/JPEG/originals/60426F47-4119-48F8-ADA9-F7E60D583CB4.jpg?minihash=4e9f0446421343eaaa1e415fdb446a12",
"originalPreviewImageFileUri": "file:///var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/54286F82-A8F7-4850-A684-8D3487726A4D/Library/Application%20Support/net.doo.ScanbotSDK/SBSDK_ImageStorage_Default/PageFileStorage/JPEG/originals/60426F47-4119-48F8-ADA9-F7E60D583CB4_preview.jpg?minihash=da888cd42db07e52b15a6ada29a37b63",
"documentImageFileUri": "file:///var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/54286F82-A8F7-4850-A684-8D3487726A4D/Library/Application%20Support/net.doo.ScanbotSDK/SBSDK_ImageStorage_Default/PageFileStorage/JPEG/documents/60426F47-4119-48F8-ADA9-F7E60D583CB4.jpg?minihash=f9aab62cc37fec555abe94c83406a1b3",

The page image files are stored in corresponding storage locations - also see the Storage section. By default, the Scanbot SDK Android uses the internal files directory of the app, whereas the Scanbot SDK iOS uses the "Application Support" folder. Those storage folders are secure and are not affected by an app update.

However, on iOS, the absolute file path of the "Application Support" folder is not reliable. For each fresh install of an app, a new UUID is generated, in the following format: /var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/{UUID}. That is where application data is stored. When updating the app, the uuid may change. For example:

Before an app update:


After the app update:


Please note that the actual image files are still there, only the absolute file paths change.

To get to the new absolute paths, the API method refreshImageUris({pages: Page []}) has been introduced in the plugin version 4.4.0. Please use this method to refresh all image file URIs from affected pages:

const result = await this.SDK.refreshImageUris({pages: loadedPages});
const refreshedPages = result.pages;

It is highly recommended using this method whenever you have to (re-)load JSON Page objects from the database of your app, regardless of whether there was an app update or not.

Page Operations

Create Page

ScanbotSdk.createPage(successCallback, errorCallback, options)

Creates a Page object from an image file (presumably the original image of an uncropped document).

successCallback : function(result)
  • - the created page object. As the page has not been cropped yet, the documentImageFileUri and documentPreviewImageFileUri properties will be empty.
errorCallback : function(error)
  • error.status - 'ERROR' in all error cases.
  • error.message - Contains the error message as a string.
var options = {
originalImageFileUri: 'file:///...'
  • options.originalImageFileUri - the file URI of the image to wrap in a page.

Set Document Image

ScanbotSdk.setDocumentImage(successCallback, errorCallback, options)

Replaces the document image of a page. The passed image file will be copied into the internal page file storage.

successCallback : function(result)
  • is the page object with the replaced document image.
errorCallback : function(error)
  • error.status - 'ERROR' in all error cases.
  • error.message - Contains the error message as a string.
var options = {
page: ...,
imageUri: 'file:///...',
  • - the page to modify.
  • options.imageUri - the URI of an image file with which to overwrite the page's document image.

Remove Page

ScanbotSdk.removePage(successCallback, errorCallback, page)

Removes a page with all its files (original image, document image, thumbnails, filtered images, etc) from the internal file storage. This method does not remove any export files (PDF, TIFF) which were generated based on this page object.

successCallback : function(result)
  • result.status - 'OK' - page images successfully removed from the device.
errorCallback : function(error)
  • error.status - 'ERROR' in all error cases.
  • error.message - Contains the error message as a string.

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