PhoneGap Scanner SDK

Scanbot OCR plugin for PhoneGap

The Scanbot PhoneGap OCR SDK can be easily integrated into your existing PhoneGap projects within a few business days, turning a regular smartphone or tablet into a mobile text recognition device.

The Scanbot PhoneGap OCR plugin enables any mobile app to bring regular document scans into an editable PDF-format. Due to the ready-to-use interface, the implementation takes up only around one business day, while the interface can be adjusted to the CI additionally. The PhoneGap Text Recognition (OCR) plugin for iOS and Android is available from package I to III and complies with the privacy standards of the GDPR, CCPA, and DSGVO.

  • 100+ supported languages
  • ML-based preprocessing
  • PDF sandwiching (text + image)

A detailed documentation, with release notes and example projects for the PhoneGap Text Recognition library are available on GitHub. You can find the SDK on npm under “cordova-plugin-scanbot-barcode-scanner” in the version 4.5.

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Mobile Platforms

  • Android 5.0 (API Level 21) and higher

  • iOS 11 and higher

Mobile Device

  • Rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • Supported CPUs and Architectures:
    • Android: armeabi-v7, arm64-v8a, x86, x86_64
    • iOS: arm64, armv7, x86_64, i386

Dev Tools

Cordova platforms:
For Android apps:
  • Android SDK (API Level 21+), Platforms and Developer Tools
  • AndroidX enabled Cordova Android project. Please note that this plugin does not work with the deprecated Android Support Libs.
For iOS apps:
  • macOS with the latest Xcode and Command Line Tools


  • This Plugin and the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK are available only for Android and iOS
  • We don’t support rooted Android devices (custom ROMs)
  • This Plugin does not work on other platforms like Windows Phone, Desktop or Web Apps


Implement the Scanbot SDK into your company’s app with a trial license. You would like to get more technical? Then just integrate our scanner SDK with a free 30-day trial license into your existing company app. This way, you can see how the SDK performs inside your app and how well it integrates with existing workflows. With our Ready-to-Use UI components, it only takes a few lines of code to get the SDK running.

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Get the demo app

Testing Scanbot's Scanner SDK has become easier than ever before! Download our U.S. Driver's License Scanner SDK demo app for free in the App Store and try out our cutting-edge features. As all scanners are included, you can easily scan all kinds of documents, QR codes or barcodes, and more.

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Get started

Here you can find all resources that you need to integrate the Scanbot SDK into your iOS and Android app.

Example projects

Get the example apps to check out the implementation and see how it works.

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