Tutorial – Zint » Linux Magazine


Zint converts text, contact data, URLs, WiFi access credentials, and more into easily distributable barcodes or QR codes at the push of a button.

Barcodes and QR codes abound in modern life. You can find them on products at the supermarket, train and plane tickets, concert and movie tickets, and letters and parcels. With a barcode or QR code, you can easily pass on short text, contact data, URLs, or WiFi access credentials, which can then be quickly scanned and processed with the right choice of app on a smartphone or tablet. Zint Barcode Generator [1] lets you easily make y our own barcodes or QR codes.


To get started, you’ll want to grab the current version, Zint v2.13, from December 18, 2023. You can build the software yourself from the source code [2], which you’ll find along with some instructions on SourceForge. Alternatively, you can use the prebuilt Snap package [3]. You may find Zint in some distributions’ repositories, but it is an older version.

After completing the install, you can launch the program’s graphical user interface (GUI) by pressing the button or opening a command line and typing zint-qt or zint-snap (if you installed the Snap package).


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