Add the SDK to Your App#

This guide shows you how to add the Scandit Data Capture SDK to current existing project.


  • The latest stable version of Visual Studio.

  • A Xamarin.iOS project with minimum iOS deployment target of 11.0 or higher. Or a Xamarin.Android project with target SDK version 21 (5.0 Lollipop) or higher.

  • A valid Scandit Data Capture SDK license key. You can sign up for a free test account at


Android devices running the Scandit Data Capture SDK need to have a GPU or the performance will drastically decrease.

Get a License Key#

  1. If you don’t have a Scandit account yet, create a free test account at

  2. Sign in to your account at

  3. Select “License Keys” from the left-hand menu.

  4. If you don’t have a license key for your app yet, click “Create native SDK license key” and enter the bundle ID for your project.

  5. Copy the license key.

If you have a paid subscription, please reach out to if you need a new license key.

Add the SDK#

The Scandit Data Capture SDK is distributed as NuGet packages.

You will always need to add the Scandit.DataCapture.Core.Xamarin package, which contains the core functionality used by the other data capture packages. In addition, depending on the data capture task, you will need a reference to:

  • Scandit.DataCapture.Barcode.Xamarin (ScanditBarcodeCapture API) if you want to use barcode-related functionality such as barcode capture or MatrixScan.

  • Scandit.DataCapture.Parser.Xamarin (ScanditParser API) if you want to parse data strings, e.g. as found in barcodes, into a set of key-value mappings.

  • Scandit.DataCapture.TextCapture.Xamarin (ScanditTextCapture API) if you want to use text recognition (OCR) functionality, often combined with barcode scanning to deliver simultaneous barcode and text capture.

You can safely remove Scandit.DataCapture.Barcode.Xamarin, Scandit.DataCapture.Parser.Xamarin, Scandit.DataCapture.TextCapture.Xamarin dependencies if you are not going to use their features.

Additional Information#

  • When developing with Xamarin.iOS project remember that, if you want to use the camera as the frame source for barcode, text and label capture, you need to set the “Privacy - Camera Usage Description” field in the Info.plist file.

Next steps#

You are now ready to tackle the following guides: