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BarcodeReadOptions Class

Base class for all the barcode read options.
public abstract class BarcodeReadOptions : BarcodeOptions 
@interface LTBarcodeReadOptions : LTBarcodeOptions 
public abstract class BarcodeReadOptions extends BarcodeOptions 
public ref class BarcodeReadOptions abstract : public BarcodeOptions, System.ICloneable   

The BarcodeReader class contains multiple methods to read a single or multiple barcodes from an image ( Refer to the BarcodeReader.ReadBarcode and BarcodeReader.ReadBarcodes methods). For each barcode found, BarcodeReader will return an instance of BarcodeData populated with the data found in the barcode.

The BarcodeReadOptions class and its derived types is used to control the options used when reading a barcode using LEADTOOLS. You can set the options in two ways:

The BarcodeReader class contains default options for each barcode symbology (or group of common symbologies). These options can be retrieved using the BarcodeReader.GetDefaultOptions method passing the symbology of interest. You can then change the members of the returned BarcodeReadOptions (or after casting it to the appropriate derived class).

You can also create an instance of one of the derived BarcodeReadOptions classes and use it directly in the BarcodeReader.ReadBarcode and BarcodeReader.ReadBarcodes methods that accepts a single or array of options as an input parameter.

The BarcodeReadOptions contains the following members and features:

Member Description

Controls the barcode foreground color (color of the bars or symbols) to use when reading a barcode from a colored image.


Controls the barcode background color (color of the spaces) to use when reading a barcode from a colored image.

BarcodeReadOptions.Load and BarcodeReadOptions.Save

Can be used to save or load the options to/from an XML file or stream.

BarcodeReadOptions.GetSupportedSymbologies and BarcodeReadOptions.IsSupportedSymbology

Can be used to get all the BarcodeSymbology's supported by this BarcodeReadOptions type or to check when a particular symbology is supported.

BarcodeReadOptions is an abstract class and cannot be created directly, instead create one of the these derived classes:

Read options class Descriptions

Standard 1D linear barcode options. Used when reading any of the following symbologies: EAN13, EAN8, UPCA, UPCE, Code3Of9, Code128, CodeInterleaved2Of5, Codabar, UCCEAN128, Code93, EANEXT5, EANEXT2, MSI, Code11, CodeStandard2Of5, GS1Databar, GS1DatabarLimited or GS1DatabarExpanded


GS1 Databar stacked barcode options. Used when reading GS1DatabarStacked or GS1DatabarExpandedStacked symbologies


4-State barcode options. Used when reading AustralianPost4State, RoyalMail4State or USPS4State symbologies


POSTNET/Planet barcode options. Used when reading PostNet or Planet symbologies


Patch code barcode options. Used when reading PatchCode symbology.


Datamatrix barcode options. Used when reading Datamatrix symbology.


Micro PDF417 barcode options. Used when reading MicroPDF417 symbology.


PDF417 barcode options. Used when reading PDF417 symbology.


QR barcode options. Used when reading QR symbology.


Aztec barcode options. Used when reading Aztec symbology.


Maxi barcode options. Used when reading Maxi symbology.


MicroQR barcode options. Used when reading MicroQR symbology.


PharmaCode barcode options. Used when reading PharmaCode symbology.


This example sets the default barcode search options of all supported symbologies to be "Horizontal and Vertical" and then reads the barcodes from a rotated image.

using Leadtools; 
using Leadtools.Codecs; 
using Leadtools.Barcode; 
using Leadtools.ImageProcessing; 
public void BarcodeReadOptions_Example() 
	string imageFileName = Path.Combine(LEAD_VARS.ImagesDir, "Barcode1.tif"); 
	// Create a Barcode engine 
	BarcodeEngine engine = new BarcodeEngine(); 
	// Get the Barcode reader instance 
	BarcodeReader reader = engine.Reader; 
	// Load the image 
	using (RasterCodecs codecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
		using (RasterImage image = codecs.Load(imageFileName, 0, CodecsLoadByteOrder.BgrOrGray, 1, 1)) 
			// Rotate the image by 90, so default option of reading horizontal barcodes will not work 
			Console.WriteLine("Rotating the image by 90 degrees"); 
			RotateCommand rotate = new RotateCommand(90 * 100, RotateCommandFlags.Resize, RasterColor.FromKnownColor(RasterKnownColor.White)); 
			// Read all the barcodes from the image using default options 
			Console.WriteLine("Reading barcodes using default options"); 
			BarcodeData[] barcodes = reader.ReadBarcodes(image, LeadRect.Empty, 0, null, null); 
			// Show the number of barcodes found, should be 0 since default search direction is horizontal 
			Console.WriteLine("Found {0} barcodes", barcodes.Length); 
			// Now create options to read barcodes horizontally and vertically 
			BarcodeReadOptions[] options = GetHorizontalAndVerticalReadBarcodeOptions(reader); 
			// Read again 
			Console.WriteLine("Reading barcodes using new options"); 
			barcodes = reader.ReadBarcodes(image, LeadRect.Empty, 0, null, options); 
			// Show the number of barcodes found, should all be read now 
			Console.WriteLine("Found {0} barcodes", barcodes.Length); 
private static BarcodeReadOptions[] GetHorizontalAndVerticalReadBarcodeOptions(BarcodeReader reader) 
	// By default, the options read horizontal barcodes only, create an array of options capable of reading vertical barcodes 
	// Notice, we cloned the default options in reader so we will not change the original options 
	OneDBarcodeReadOptions oneDReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.UPCA).Clone() as OneDBarcodeReadOptions; 
	oneDReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	FourStateBarcodeReadOptions fourStateReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.USPS4State).Clone() as FourStateBarcodeReadOptions; 
	fourStateReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	PostNetPlanetBarcodeReadOptions postNetPlanetReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.PostNet).Clone() as PostNetPlanetBarcodeReadOptions; 
	postNetPlanetReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	GS1DatabarStackedBarcodeReadOptions gs1StackedReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.GS1DatabarStacked).Clone() as GS1DatabarStackedBarcodeReadOptions; 
	gs1StackedReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	PatchCodeBarcodeReadOptions patchCodeReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.PatchCode).Clone() as PatchCodeBarcodeReadOptions; 
	patchCodeReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	PDF417BarcodeReadOptions pdf417ReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.PDF417).Clone() as PDF417BarcodeReadOptions; 
	pdf417ReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	MicroPDF417BarcodeReadOptions microPdf417ReadOptions = reader.GetDefaultOptions(BarcodeSymbology.MicroPDF417).Clone() as MicroPDF417BarcodeReadOptions; 
	microPdf417ReadOptions.SearchDirection = BarcodeSearchDirection.HorizontalAndVertical; 
	// Even though this array will not contain all options, it should be enough to read all barcodes, since the version of ReadBarcodes we will use 
	// will use the default options if an override is not passed 
	BarcodeReadOptions[] readOptions = 
	oneDReadOptions, fourStateReadOptions, postNetPlanetReadOptions, gs1StackedReadOptions, patchCodeReadOptions, pdf417ReadOptions, microPdf417ReadOptions 
	return readOptions; 
static class LEAD_VARS 
   public const string ImagesDir = @"C:\LEADTOOLS22\Resources\Images"; 

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