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       zbarcam - scan and decode bar codes from a video device


       zbarcam [-qv] [--quiet] [--nodisplay] [--xml] [--verbose[=n]] [--prescale=WxH]
               [-S[symbology.]config[=value]] [--set [symbology.]config[=value]] [device]

       zbarcam {-h | --help | --version}


       zbarcam scans a video4linux video source (eg, a webcam) for bar codes and prints any
       decoded data to the standard output. The video stream is also displayed to the screen.

       device is the path to the video4linux (version 1 or 2) character device special file
       (major number 81 and minor number 0 thru 63). It defaults to /dev/video0

       The underlying library currently supports EAN-13 (including UPC and ISBN subsets), EAN-8,
       Code 128, Code 39, and Interleaved 2 of 5 symbologies. The specific type of each detected
       symbol is printed with the decoded data.


       This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax. Single letter options may be
       bundled, long options start with two dashes (`-´).

       -h, --help
           Print a short help message describing command line options to standard output and exit

           Print program version information to standard output and exit

       -v, --verbose[=n]
           Increase debug output level. Multiple -v options create more spew. Alternatively
           specify n to set the debug level directly

       -S[symbology.]config[=value], --set [symbology.]config[=value]
           Set decoder configuration option config for symbology to value.  value defaults to 1
           if omitted.  symbology is one of ean13, ean8, upca, upce, isbn13, isbn10, i25, code39,
           code128 or the special value *. If symbology is omitted or *, the config will be set
           for all applicable symbologies. These are the currently recognized configs. Prefix a
           config with "no-" to negate it. Not all configs are appropriate for every symbology.

               Control decoding/reporting of a symbology. For symbologies which are just subsets
               of ean13 (upca, upce, isbn13, isbn10), this config controls whether the subsets
               are detected and reported as such. These special cases are disabled by default,
               all other symbologies default to enabled

               Antonym for enable

               Control whether check digits are included in the decoded output. Enabled by
               default. This config does not apply for code128, which never returns the check
               digit. It also not apply for cases where the check digit is disabled (see
               add-check). Check digits are currently not implemented for i25 or code39

               Enable decode and verification of a check digit for symbologies where it is
               optional: this will include code39 and i25, neither of which implements the check
               digit yet

               Enable escape sequences that encode the full ASCII character set. This would apply
               to code39, except that it´s not implemented either...

               Enable collection of symbol position information. Enabled by default. Currently,
               the position information is unusable, so you can save a few cycles by disabling

           min-length=n, max-length=n
               Bound the number of decoded characters in a valid symbol. If a decode result is
               outside the configured min/max range (inclusive), it will not be reported. Set to
               0 to disable the corresponding check. This setting applies to variable-length
               symbologies: i25, code39, code128 and pdf417.  min-length defaults to 6 for i25
               and 1 for code39 (per Code 39 autodiscrimination recommendation); all others
               default to 0

           x-density=n, y-density=n
               Adjust the density of the scanner passes. Lower values scan more of the image at
               the cost of decreased performance. Setting to 0 disables scanning along that axis.
               Defaults are both 1.

       -q, --quiet
           Quiet operation; disable the audible beep otherwise emitted when a symbol is decoded

           Disable output video window. Video input will be scanned until the program is
           interrupted or otherwise signaled

           Stream results using an XML output format. This format wraps the raw data from the
           symbol with information about the scan in an easy to parse format. The latest schema
           is available from

           Use raw symbol data output format. This format prints symbol data separated by
           newlines without the additional symbology type information that is printed by default

           Request video input scaling from the camera driver. Possibly useful for reducing huge
           frames to achieve a higher frame rate. Note that the driver may adjust or completely
           ignore the scaling request


       Scan for barcodes using the second video device and pipe the resulting data through a
       script that searches for each code in a database and does something useful with them:

           zbarcam /dev/video1 |

       The example script included in the examples/ subdirectory of the distribution
       will make an XMLRPC call to a popular internet UPC database and print the product
       description if found.

       Scan for barcodes using the default video device and stream results to stdout in XML
       format, also disable recognition of Interleaved 2 of 5 codes to prevent confusion with
       other symbologies or background noise:

           zbarcam --xml -Si25.disable

       Scan only for Code 39, without using the preview window - maybe for a fixed installation.
       To enable only Code 39, first all symbologies are disabled, then Code 39 is re-enabled:

           zbarcam --nodisplay -Sdisable -Scode39.enable






       Jeff Brown <>
           Lead developer


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