How to read QR code on Mac

QRコードのアイコン
Updated : Sep 06, 2021

Here are some ways to read a QR code on your Mac.

I will also introduce the advantages and disadvantages of each, so please use it according to the purpose of use.

This page is written for the following people
  • Those who looking for a way to read a QR code on a Mac
  • Those who want to compare the advantages and disadvantages of multiple methods of reading a QR code

List of advantages and disadvantages of each method

Advantages Disadvantages
①Mac app
(using webcam)
  • QR code can be read
    from a webcam
    or from an image file
  • The QR code printed
    on paper is the easiest
    to read
  • There are
    few types of apps
②iPhone/iPad app
(using webcam)
  • QR code can be read
    from a webcam
  • The QR code printed
    on paper is the easiest
    to read
  • Many types of apps
  • Only available
    on Arm Macs
    (M1 Mac, etc.)
  • Even in the above case,
    the app does not
    always work.
③Web service
(file upload)
  • If you file the QR code,
    you can read anything
  • OS type independent
  • Security may be
    a concern
④Web browser
extension
  • If the QR code
    is displayed on the web,
    it is the easiest to do
  • OS type independent
  • Google Chrome has
    extensions,
    but Safari doesn’t

From the list above, the recommended method is the following pattern.

  • When reading the QR code on the document with a webcam: ① or ②
  • If the QR code is an image file: ① or ③
  • When reading the QR code on Google Chrome: ④

In order to read the QR code displayed on Safari, you need to save it as an image file and use methods ① and ③, or switch to Google Chrome in ④.

 

So, from the following, I will introduce the representative apps and services from ① to ④.

 

① Using Mac app “QR Journal”

Install the app from the link below.

‎QR Journal
‎QR Journal allows users with an iSight (or iSight compatible) camera to read QR codes. Found a QR code in a magazine or catalog? Simply hold up to the iSight c...

 

I will briefly introduce how to use it.

When you start the app, icons such as “Scan” and “Import” will be displayed as shown in the figure.

Use “Scan” to read the QR code from the webcam.

Use “Import” to read the QR code that has become an image file.

QR Journal

 

As a test, try scanning the QR code printed on paper with “Scan” with a webcam.

QR Jounal

 

When the webcam recognizes the QR code, the URL is automatically displayed as shown in the figure, and you can perform the following operations with each button.

  • Open Link:Display the URL in a web browser
  • Save:Save history
  • Skip:Cancel
  • Close:Close this screen

QR Journal

 

Click the “Close” button to display the history on the left side of the screen as shown.

Click each image to open the history.

QR Jounal

 

Now, let’s use the “Import” function.

QR Journal

 

As shown in the figure, the area for dragging and dropping the image is displayed, so insert the QR code image file.

QR Jounal

 

When the QR code is recognized, the URL is automatically displayed as shown in the figure, and you can perform the following operations with each button.

アプリ「QR Journal」でImport

 

There are other functions, but the minimum functions can be used by the method introduced so far.

 

② Using iPhone app “QRQR – QR Code Reader”

This method is limited to Arm Macs (such as M1 Macs).
Not available on Intel Macs.

Install the app from the link below.

‎QRQR - QR Code® Reader
‎The fast no advertisement QR Code® reader app, "Q", upgraded with new app name, "QRQR"! In addition, "QRQR" has numerous new features other than reading QR Co...

 

I will briefly introduce how to use it.

When you start the app, you can suddenly read the QR code from your webcam.

If not, click the load button at the bottom center of the screen as shown.

QRQR Code

 

 

Once the QR code has been read, the site will be automatically displayed in your web browser.

Alternatively, the screen will be displayed as shown.

クルクル - QRコードリーダー

 

It’s easy, but you can use the minimum functionality up to this point.

 

③ Using the web service “Read QR code on your computer”

The web service introduced here is in Japanese.
However, it is very easy to operate, so even people who use other languages ​​such as English can use it without stress.

Open the link below to open the QR code reading web service site.

QRコードをパソコンで読み取る(インストール不要)
>QRコードをパソコン(PC)で読み取ることができるツールです。インストール不要でmacでもwinでも関係なく利用できます。

 

When the site opens, click the button “ファイルを選択 (Select File)” pointed by the arrow in the figure and specify the QR code image file saved on your Mac.

QRコードをパソコンで読み取る

 

After specifying the image file, click the button “QRコードを読み取る (Scan QR code)”.

QRコードをパソコンで読み取る

 

If the recognition is successful, the URL will be displayed as shown in the figure.

You cannot click the URL, so specify the range and copy it.

QRコードをパソコンで読み取る

 

④ Using Google Chrome extension “QR Code Reader”

There are some Google Chrome extensions that read the QR code, but the ones introduced below are single functions, but they are the easiest to operate.

 

Click the link below in Google Chrome to install the extension.

QR Code Reader
A chrome extension for reading QR code from webpage.

 

As for how to use it, if you click “QR Code Reader” from the extension icon list on the upper right of the Google Chrome screen, the recognition result of the QR code in the currently open page will be displayed.

Isn’t there a simpler way to recognize QR codes on a web screen?

Google Chrome extension "QR Code Reader"

 

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