In Ruby On Rails By Leigh Halliday November 14, 2014 Leigh Halliday

Creating QR Codes In Rails

Barby is a great gem for when you have to generate a barcode or QR code. You can choose to output it as any number of barcode types or as a QR code. This example will use a QR code but I have successfully used the Code128 barcode which is fairly common in the retail space.

The first step is to add Barby to your gem file.

gem 'barby',  '~> 0.6.2'
gem 'rqrcode','~> 0.4.2'

Here is an example helper for generating the QR code as base64 encoded png data.

def generate_qr(text)
  require 'barby'
  require 'barby/barcode'
  require 'barby/barcode/qr_code'
  require 'barby/outputter/png_outputter'

  barcode =, level: :q, size: 5)
  base64_output = Base64.encode64(barcode.to_png({ xdim: 5 }))

And an example call from your view.

# In your view (haml)
%img{src: generate_qr(""), class: "qr-code"}

And voila, a beautiful QR code.