Created: 2008-04-03 09:31
Updated: 2019-02-27 08:46
License: other


rQRCode, Encode QRCodes

Build Status

All users of rqrcode are highly recomended to upgrade to version 0.5.5 ore later!

Short changelog

0.10.1 (Feb 11, 2016)

  • Changed so that gem wont include images and tests.

0.10.0 (Feb 11, 2016)

0.9.0 (Jan 3, 2016)

  • Added support for auto selecting qrcode size up to level 40. (only worked up to level 10 before)
  • Added numeric support during auto selection of qrcode mode.

0.8.1 (Jan 3, 2016)

  • Remove active support specific present?.
  • Fix so that all tests are run.

0.8.0 (Dec 18, 2015)

  • Added numeric QR code support
  • Dropped Ruby v1.8 support


rQRCode is a library for encoding QR Codes in Ruby. It has a simple interface with all the standard qrcode options. It was adapted from the Javascript library by Kazuhiko Arase.

Let's clear up some rQRCode stuff.

  • rQRCode is a ruby only library It requires no native libraries. Just Ruby!
  • It is an encoding library. You can't decode QR codes with it.
  • The interface is simple and assumes you just want to encode a string into a QR code
  • QR code is trademarked by Denso Wave inc


You may get the latest stable version from Rubygems.

gem install rqrcode

Using rQRCode

require 'rqrcode'

qrcode = RQRCode::QRCode.new("http://github.com/")
image = qrcode.as_png
svg = qrcode.as_svg
html = qrcode.as_html
string = qrcode.as_ansi
string = qrcode.to_s

Image Rendering


The SVG renderer will produce a stand-alone SVG as a String

qrcode = RQRCode::QRCode.new("http://github.com/")
# With default options specified explicitly
svg = qrcode.as_svg(offset: 0, color: '000', 
                    shape_rendering: 'crispEdges', 
                    module_size: 11)

QR code with github url


The ANSI renderer will produce as a string with ANSI color codes.

qrcode = RQRCode::QRCode.new("http://github.com/")
# With default options specified explicitly
svg = qrcode.as_ansi_(light: "\033[47m", dark: "\033[40m",
                    fill_character: '  ',
                    quiet_zone_size: 4)

QR code with github url


The library can produce a PNG. Result will be a ChunkyPNG::Image instance.

qrcode = RQRCode::QRCode.new("http://github.com/")
# With default options specified explicitly
png = qrcode.as_png(
          resize_gte_to: false,
          resize_exactly_to: false,
          fill: 'white',
          color: 'black',
          size: 120,
          border_modules: 4,
          module_px_size: 6,
          file: nil # path to write
IO.write("/tmp/github-qrcode.png", png.to_s)

QR code with github url

HTML Rendering

In your controller

@qr = RQRCode::QRCode.new( 'https://github.com/whomwah/rqrcode', :size => 4, :level => :h )

In your view

<%= raw @qr.as_html %>


table {
  border-width: 0;
  border-style: none;
  border-color: #0000ff;
  border-collapse: collapse;

td {
  border-left: solid 10px #000;
  padding: 0; 
  margin: 0; 
  width: 0px; 
  height: 10px; 

td.black { border-color: #000; }
td.white { border-color: #fff; }

On the console

qr = RQRCode::QRCode.new( 'my string to generate', :size => 4, :level => :h )
puts qr.to_s


xxxxxxx x  x x   x x  xx  xxxxxxx
x     x  xxx  xxxxxx xxx  x     x
x xxx x  xxxxx x       xx x xxx x
... etc 

Doing your own rendering

qr = RQRCode::QRCode.new( 'my string to generate', :size => 4, :level => :h )
qr.modules.each do |row|
    row.each do |col| 
        print col ? "X" : " "
    print "\n"

Specifying QR code mode

Sometimes you may want to specify the QR code mode explicitly.

It is done via the mode option. Allowed values are: number, alphanumeric and byte_8bit.

qr = RQRCode::QRCode.new( '1234567890', :size => 2, :level => :m, :mode => :number )

API Documentation




Original author: Duncan Robertson

Special thanks to the following people for submitting patches:


  • Fork the project
  • Send a pull request
  • Don't touch the .gemspec, I'll do that when I release a new version


MIT License (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.html)

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