RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator 9.0.0

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#tool nuget:?package=RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator&version=9.0.0


QR Code Generator

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Property editor and Content app for Umbraco 9 allowing to generate QR codes straight from code, Umbraco Backoffice and frontend page.

Version for Umbraco 8 is here Version for Umbraco 7 is here

User can customize generated code by color, size, output format, error correction level, adding quiet zone and also by adding icon (not for all formats). Code is available to generated from specify document type, base on specify data source like current document property or URL. The source from where the code content is get, the code type and the document type from which code can be generated are specify by developer. At this moment data source it can be property of current document (or part of it selected by regular expression), document URL or custom (see Source providers).

Since version 8.1 QR code can be insert on to frontend page. Generated codes are also cached. Backoffice and frontend use separate cache for secure reasons.

Table of Contents

  1. Installation
    1. NuGet packages (recommended)
    2. Umbraco Packge
  2. Configuration
  3. Configuration file
  4. Using in Umbraco Backoffice
  5. Cache
  6. Using on frontend page
  7. Frontend cache
  8. Using service
    1. Dependency Injection
    2. Static accessor
  9. Source providers
    1. Content Property
    2. Absolute URL
    3. Custom
  10. Code Types
  11. Formats
  12. Use examples



Packages with version starts from:

  • 7.* are intended for Umbraco 7.
  • 8.* are intended for Umbraco 8.
  • 9.* are intended for Umbraco 9.

Install RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator by NuGet calling the following command in your main project:

Install-Package RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator -Version 9.0.0

and choose what other packages you need to from bellow table.

Package name Description NuGet link
RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Core Project core nuget:RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Core
RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator Property editor for Umbraco backoffice [more] nuget:RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator
RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Cache Cache implementation [more] nuget:RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Cache
RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Cache.Local Default cache configuration for property editor [more] nuget:RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Cache.Local
RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend Controller for frontend page and property editor converter [more] nuget:RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend
RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend.Cache.Local Default cache configuration for frontend page [more] nuget:RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend.Cache.Local


  1. Create a new Data type under the Settings tab and select QR Code

  2. Select data source

  3. Set Source provider settings field (see here)

  4. Select Code type

  5. Set default settings (all settings with prefix Default can be customize by backoffice user in when generating code but this value will be set up when user select this code type).

  6. Save data type

  7. Edit or create document type where you wont you QR Code Generator

  8. Add new property and select created before data type. Remember! Document type has to have all property names defined in Source provider settings.

  9. Save document type.


Configuration file

Some global settings can be configure from appsetting.json file. Default configuration looks like below.

    "QRCodeGenerator": {
        "Cache": {
          "Backoffice": { // Settings for cache storing requests from backoffice property editors.
            "Disable": false, // Disable this cache.
            "MaxDays": 365,  // How many days file in cache will be store
            "DelayCleanCache": "0.0:1:0", // Delay before first running of cache clearing service. Is running only on master server. Default value: 1 minute.
            "PeriodCleanCache": "0.1:0:0" // Period between running cache clearing service. Is running only on master server. Default value: 1 day.
          "Frontend": { // Settings for cache storing requests from frontend page
            "Disable": false, // Disable this cache.
            "MaxDays": 365, // How many days file in cache will be store
            "DelayCleanCache": "0.0:1:0", // Delay before first running of cache clearing service. Is running only on master server. Default value: 1 minute.
            "PeriodCleanCache": "0.1:0:0" // Period between running cache clearing service. Is running only on master server. Default value: 1 day  .
        "FrontendApi": { 
          "Disable": false // Disable access to frontend API. Display generated QR codes on frontend page will not be possible. 

DelayCleanCache and PeriodCleanCache are write as TimeSpan.

Using in Umbraco Backoffice

  1. After configuration you can open or create document of type where you add QR Code Generator property.

  2. If document is published you will see active QR Code icon between content icon and info icon. Click them.

  3. HearUmbraco backoffice users can create QR codes and download them.

    QR Code tab


To caching generated QR codes you need to install RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Cache package. This package contains all base classes needed to setup cache. You can use it to create your own cache configuration.

If you wont to cache all generated QR codes in local file system just install RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Cache.Local package. It's ready-to-use cache configuration.

This package configure automatically cache for all requests from Umbraco Backoffice (making by QR Code Generator property editor) and store all in the local file system.


For frontend page you need to configure separate cache for secure reasons.

Using on frontend page

You can display on your website a QR code generated from the configured document property (as above).

To do this you can to use GetQRCodeUrl() method from UrlHelper for MVC in razor template.

<img src="@Url.GetQRCodeUrl(Model.SomeQRCodeProperty)" />

Insert the above code to your razor template in place where you wont to see QR code (SomeQRCodeProperty is an example name, replace to you own name). GetQRCodeUrl() method has also another parameters to customize settings or content culture. If you use overloaded method without this parameters, it's use default settings or/and current document culture.


GetQRCodeUrl() return URL to the file with generated code. If you specify custom format that it isn't image format supported by browsers you must customize this code.

Frontend cache

For secure reason frontend package has a separate cache.

If you don't use separate file storage, you should install RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend.Cache.Local package. Like RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend.Cache.Local also this package is a ready-to-use cache configuration using the local file system.

Install-Package RoboLynx.Umbraco.QRCodeGenerator.Frontend.Cache.Local -Version 8.1.0


If you don't install this package all requests from frontend will not be cached. It's may have a negative impact on the performance of your website.

Using service

You can get access to data generated by QR Code Generator in your own code through the service.

Through the service you can:

  • Get stream containing generate QR code by passing the QR Code Generator property or by passing your own value of the code content through an object of type implementing IQRCodeType (see Code Types). (GetStream())
  • Get default settings for the specify QR Code Generator data type by the content property. (GetDefaultSettings())
  • Clear data stored in cache (ClearCache())

Dependency Injection

You may able to use Dependency Injection. For instance if you have registered your own class in Umbraco's dependency injection, you can specify the IQRCodeService interface in your constructor:

public class MyClass

    private readonly IQRCodeService _qrCodeService;
    public MyClass(IQRCodeService qrCodeService)
        _qrCodeService = qrCodeService;

Source providers

Source provider gets data from specify source and pass it to attributes containing by Code type. Now we have available only two build-in source providers. But you can write your own.

1. Content Property

It's get data from content property by property name. Configuration is required. Configuration can by write on two way:

  1. Property names separated by commas. i.e. propertyName1, propertyName2, propertyName3. When you use this syntax you must remember then property names order is important. Values will be pass to QR Code type as attributes by index. This syntax may also contain regular expression (just after property name between double curly brackets {{\d*}}) witch can extract only part of property value. Regular expression is optional. e.g:

    location{{^\d*(\.\d*)?}}, location{{(?<=,)\d*(\.\d*)?(?=,)}}
  2. JSON syntax. e.g:

        properties: {
            atributeName1: {
                name: "propertyName1",
                regex: "\d*"
            atributeName2: "propertyName2"

    When you use this syntax property value is pass to Code type as attributes by attribute name. Check attribute names hear. You can find them also in information bellow selected Code type filed in backoffice.

2. Absolute URL

It's always passing absolute document URL for each attribute of Code type. That's way this source provider should be use only with URL Code type (see Code Types).

3. Custom

You can write your own Code type writing a two classes. First needs Implementing IQRCodeSourceFactory and second implementing IQRCodeSource.

For example you can wrote source provider getting data from external web service.

Code Types

The setting defines what type of data will be passed on to the end user and how it will be displayed to him.

Available build-in types:

  • Text (TextType class) - After user will scan the code it will saw specify text in code scanner. Argument: text
  • Phone number (PhoneNumberType class) - After user will scan the code it will saw specify phone number ready to call. Argument: number
  • URL (UrlType class) - After user will scan the code it will open specify resource in default application for specify protocol. i.e. specify website in default browser if protocol will bee HTTP or HTTPS. Argument: url
  • SMS (SmsType class) - After user will scan the code it will saw new SMS message with specific content ready to send on specific number. Arguments: number, subject
  • Geo-location (Google Map) (GeolocationGooleMapType class) - After user will scan the code it will open Google Maps application or website with pinned specify position. Arguments: latitude, longitude
  • Geo-location (GEO) (GeolocationGEOType class) - After user will scan the code it will open default map application with pinned specify position. Arguments: latitude, longitude
  • Custom - You can also write your own Code type writing a class extending QRCodeType class.


Output format of generated file.

Supported formats:

  • svg
  • jpg (with icon support)
  • png (with icon support)
  • bmp (with icon support)
  • Custom - You can make your own output format writing a new class extending QRCodeFormat class.


Custom format must be readable by <img /> element otherwise preview in umbraco backoffice will be not available.

Use examples

1. QR Code with geographic position easy to change:

The expected result:

When user scan the code then will see position on map in default map application. Position is easy to set on map in Umbraco Backoffice.

How to achieve this result:

To achieve the aim you can use the property editor like Our.Umbraco.OsmMaps to change geographic position on the map in Umbraco Backoffice.

  • Install Our.Umbraco.OsmMaps

  • In some Document Type (for this example I use Document Type named ItemLocation) add new property with alias location and select Open street maps editor.

  • Create new Data Type in Umbraco backoffice, set name Code with location and select QR Code as Property editor (see Configuration).

  • In Source provider field select Content Property to get the data for code from other properties in document.

  • Next select Geo-location (GEO) in Code type field. This Code type needs two arguments, the latitude and the longitude attributes. However Open Street Map editor save latitude and longitude in one string like 53.35055131839989,18.74267578125,7.

  • To get the data for two attributes from one property you need to use Regular Expression in Source provider settings. Correct Source provider settings for this instant should looks like this:

    location{{^\d*(\.\d*)?}}, location{{(?<=,)\d*(\.\d*)?(?=,)}}

    At above, location is documents property alias. Inside double brace is regular expression extracting first number value from string and after delimiter is expression for second attribute which extract second number from string in location property.

    Source provider settings can be also write in JSON syntax like bellow (you can choose syntax):

        properties: {
            latitude: {
                name: "location",
                regex: "^\d*(\.\d*)?"
            longitude: {
                name: "location",
                regex: "(?<=,)\d*(\.\d*)?(?=,)"
  • Now add new property to the same Document Type as before, set property name and choose data type what you created at the moment.

  • Go to the Content tab

  • Create new document of type ItemLocation.

  • Set name and location on map,

  • Save document

  • Click QR Code icon in the left top corner.

  • Here you can see the generated QR code, change settings and download it.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net5.0 is compatible.  net5.0-windows was computed.  net6.0 was computed.  net6.0-android was computed.  net6.0-ios was computed.  net6.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net6.0-macos was computed.  net6.0-tvos was computed.  net6.0-windows was computed.  net7.0 was computed.  net7.0-android was computed.  net7.0-ios was computed.  net7.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net7.0-macos was computed.  net7.0-tvos was computed.  net7.0-windows was computed. 
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