Generate QR Code using Core – C#

With the increase of smartphones usage, QR Codes can also be found at more and more places in our daily lives. Although It was initially used to track parts in the manufacturing of vehicles, now these include storing personal information by organizations, transport ticketing, entertainment & commercial tracking. Along with Bar Codes, QR Codes are also in use for product labelling in stores. Companies providing discount offers by scanning QR Codes using your smartphones.

In this Article, I’m going to generate a QR Code using Core.

Creating a Project

I’m going to use the VS Code for creating an Empty Web Application project using dotnet core.

Create a project using this command

dotnet new web

Installing QRCoder Library

QRCoder is available at NuGet. You can Install by using the commands bellow.

Using Package Manager

Install-Package QRCoder

or Using .Net CLI

dotnet add package QRCoder

Let’s Code

First of all, update your “Startup.cs” File with the below Code to ready your project for a Web Application.

public class Startup
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

    public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env)
        if (env.IsDevelopment())
        app.UseMvc(routes =>
                name: "default",
                template: "{controller=QR}/{action=Index}/{id?}");

Now create new Folders as “Controllers” & “Views” at the root directory of your project.

Inside “Controllers” Folder create a new File as “QRController.cs” & add this Code.

using System.Drawing;
using System.IO;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using QRCoder;

public class QRController : Controller
    public ActionResult Index()
        QRCodeGenerator qrGenerator = new QRCodeGenerator();
        QRCodeData qrCodeData = qrGenerator.CreateQrCode("The text which should be encoded.", QRCodeGenerator.ECCLevel.Q);
        QRCode qrCode = new QRCode(qrCodeData);
        Bitmap qrCodeImage = qrCode.GetGraphic(20);

        var bitmapBytes = BitmapToBytes(qrCodeImage); //Convert bitmap into a byte array
        return File(bitmapBytes, "image/jpeg"); //Return as file result

    // This method is for converting bitmap into a byte array
    private static byte[] BitmapToBytes(Bitmap img)
        using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream())
            img.Save(stream, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Png);
            return stream.ToArray();

Inside the ‘Index’ method, I’m generating QR Code. ‘BitmapToBytes’ method is for converting Image bitmap into a bytes array for displaying in an HTML Page.

Now inside “Views” folder, create a new Folder as “QR” & inside this Folder create a new File as “Index.cshtml” 

Add the below Code inside your “Index.cshtml” File

<!DOCTYPE html>

        <h1>QR Code</h1>
        <img src='@Url.Action("image")' alt="" />

            $(document).ready(function () {



Now run your Application. You’ll see this in your Browser.

There are also options available to change the Colors of your QR Code.

Inside “Index” method of your “QRController.cs” Find this line

Bitmap qrCodeImage = qrCode.GetGraphic(20);

& add colors like this

Bitmap qrCodeImage = qrCode.GetGraphic(20, Color.DarkRed, Color.PaleGreen, true);

Now run your Application again.

you’ll see this.

If you’re using Linux or MacOS, there is a chance to get this error while generating QR Code.

System.DllNotFoundException: Unable to load DLL ‘libgdiplus‘: The specified module could not be found.


For Linux, run this command

sudo apt-get install libgdiplus

& for MacOS

brew install mono-libgdiplus

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I would be happy if you would leave a short comment. I’ll Love to solve your problem If you find any difficulty generating QR Code.

You can also download the complete source code of the above example from GitHub…


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