Zbar ON IMX6 Sabrelite Board

Zbar Library

About Zbar
Zbar is an open source C bar code reading library with C++, Python, Perl and Ruby bindings. It is used for reading bar codes from various sources such as video streams, image files and raw intensity sensors. It supports many popular symbologies (types of bar codes) including EAN-13/UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, Code 128, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5 and QR Code.

ZBar is licensed under the GNU LGPL 2.1 to enable development of both open source and commercial projects.

Features of Zbar

  • Cross platform - Linux/Unix, Windows, iPhone®, embedded...
  • It supports many popular symbologies (types of bar codes) including EAN-13/UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, Code 128, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5 and QR Code.
  • Reads bar codes from various sources such as video streams, image files at a very high speed.
  • A bar code scanning widget can be integraed into Qt, GTK+ or PyGTK GUI application.
  • Suitable for embedded applications using inexpensive processors/hardware.
  • Has interfaces to video4linux.
  • The output window can be opened and owned by the library, or attached to an application managed window embedded in a GUI
  • A simple inexpensive web camera can be used for scanning bar codes and QR codes instead of expensive bar code scanners.
  • Supports USB, OV5642 CSI and OV5640 MIPI cameras for reading the barcodes.

Applications of Zbar

  • Retail
  • Automated document processing
  • Inventory tracking
  • Mobile applications

How to use the Zbar library

  • First we have to build the Zbar library for the desired platform.
  • Develop an application using the Zbar library.
  • Build the application for the desired platform.
  • Run the application on that particular platform.

Our achievements

  • We have built the Zbar library for x86 and ARM platforms.
  • Developed a Bar code and QR code reader by integrating the Zbar library into Qt application.
  • Executed the application successfully on both x86 and ARM platforms.

Technical Detailes on USB Interface:

1) Introduction


This document describes how to build Zbar for IMX6 with Intex camera.


This document is written for the developers and engineers working on IMX6 SABRELITE to build Zbar barcode reader library for IMX6.

2) Downloading Source code

To Download the source code for Zbar open the following link: http://zbar.sourceforge.net/download.html

To Download the source code for ImageMagick open the following link: http://www.imagemagick.org/script/download.php

3) Building Zbar


  • LTIB build environment 
  • A USB camera

Open the Terminal and type following commands

cd /home/<path to ltib>

./ltib -m config

Enable “Configure the kernel” option by pressing “space bar” on the keyboard.

 [*] Configure the kernel

Goto packagelist-->X11-->Change “ Do not install X11” to “X.Org 7.5”

Enable  “build full modular X Server “

 Goto X11 libraries and packages-->Enable “ twm “

Exit and save the configuration.



Now Enable the following options in Kernel configuration:

Device Drivers--> Multimedia Support--> Video for Linux

Device Drivers--> Multimedia Support-->Video Capture Adapters --> V4L USB devices-->USB Video Class and GSPCA based Webcams

Device Drivers--> USB Support --> USB Gadget Support-->USB Webcam Gadget

Exit from that menu and save the configuration.


./ltib -m prep -p libjpeg.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p libjpeg.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p libjpeg.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p libjpeg.spec


./ltib -m prep -p atk.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p atk.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p atk.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p atk.spec


./ltib -m prep -p fontconfig.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p fontconfig.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p fontconfig.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p fontconfig.spec


./ltib -m prep -p freetype.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p freetype.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p freetype.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p freetype.spec


./ltib -m prep -p pixman.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p pixman.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p pixman.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p pixman.spec


./ltib -m prep -p zlib.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p zlib.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p zlib.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p zlib.spec


./ltib -m prep -p libpng.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p libpng.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p libpng.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p libpng.spec


./ltib -m prep -p cairo.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p cairo.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p cairo.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p cairo.spec


./ltib -m prep -p libxml2.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p libxml2.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p libxml2.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p libxml2.spec


./ltib -m prep -p pango.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p pango.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p pango.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p pango.spec


./ltib -m prep -p libtiff.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p libtiff.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p libtiff.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p libtiff.spec


./ltib -m prep -p gtk2.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p gtk2.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p gtk2.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p gtk2.spec


./ltib -m prep -p v4l-utils.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p v4l-utils.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p v4l-utils.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p v4l-utils.spec

Installing ImageMagick:

Extract ImageMagick previously downloaded. 

Suppose that the name of the folder is “ImageMagick-6.8.6-9”, rename it to “ImageMagick-6.8.6”. 


tar -jcvf ImageMagick-6.8.6.tar.bz2 ImageMagick-6.8.6

sudo cp /home/<path to ImageMagick>.tar.bz2 /opt/freescale/pkgs/

mkdir dist/lfs-5.1/ImageMagick

cp dist/lfs-5.1/template/template.spec dist/lfs-5.1/ImageMagick/

mv dist/lfs-5.1/ImageMagick/template.spec dist/lfs-5.1/ImageMagick/ImageMagick.spec

vi dist/lfs-5.1/ImageMagick/ImageMagick.spec

Add the following contents into the spec file:

%define pfx /opt/freescale/rootfs/%{_target_cpu} 

Summary       : Software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images 

Name            : ImageMagick 

Version         : 6.8.6 

Release         : 9

and save the changes.

./ltib -m prep -p ImageMagick.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p ImageMagick.spec 

./ltib -m scinstall -p ImageMagick.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p ImageMagick.spec

mkdir dist/lfs-5.1/zbar

cp dist/lfs-5.1/template/template.spec dist/lfs-5.1/zbar/ 

mv dist/lfs-5.1/zbar/template.spec dist/lfs-5.1/zbar.spec 

vi dist/lfs-5.1/zbar/zbar.spec 

write following details in the zbar.spec file and leave the remaining unchanged.

Summary      : Software for reading barcodes. 

Name         : zbar 

Version      : 0.10 

Release      :

License      : LGPL


./configure --prefix=%{_prefix} --host=$CFGHOST --build=%{_build}  --without-python 

./ltib -m prep -p zbar.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p zbar.spec

./ltib -m scinstall -p zbar.spec

./ltib -m scdeploy -p zbar.spec

4) Copying Rootfs 

→ The file system format ext3 or ext4 is a good option for removable media due to the

built-in journaling. Run the following command to format the partition:

$ sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1


$ sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1

→  Copy the target file system to the partition:

$ mkdir /home/user/mountpoint 

$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /home/user/mountpoint

→  Extract rootfs package to certain directory: extract rootfs.ext2.gz to /home/user/rootfs for example:

$ gunzip rootfs.ext2.gz

$ mount -o loop -t ext2 rootfs.ext2 /home/user/rootfs

→ Assume that the root file system files are located in /home/user/rootfs as in the previous step:

$ cd /home/user/rootfs

$ sudo cp -rpa [A-z]* /home/user/mountpoint

$ sudo umount /home/user/mountpoint

5) Fixing Errors

Error (1):

checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... (cached) yes 

checking whether gcc accepts -g... (cached) yes 

checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... (cached) none needed 

checking dependency style of gcc... (cached) gcc3 

checking for xsltproc... no 

configure: error: XCB requires xsltproc. 

error: Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.13371 (%build) 

RPM build errors: 

    Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.13371 (%build) 

Build time for libxcb: 9 seconds 

Failed building libxcb 

f_buildrpms() returned an error, exiting 



These packages failed to build: 


Build Failed 

Exiting on error or interrupt 



sudo apt-get install xsltproc

then run 


Error (2):

configure: error: in `/home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/zbar-0.10': 

configure: error: test for video support failed! 

rebuild your kernel to include video4linux support or 

configure --disable-video to skip building video support. 

See `config.log' for more details. 

error: Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.92831 (%build)


Link for zbar patches:


copy zbar_v4l.patch file to <path>/ltib/rpm/BUILD/zbar-0.10/

Apply patch

patch -p1 –verbose -i patch0_zbar_v4l.patch


./ltib -m scbuild -p zbar.spec


Error (3):

+ make 

cd . && /bin/bash /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/zbar-0.10/config/missing --run autoconf 

Can't locate object method "path" via package "Autom4te::Request" at //opt/freescale/ltib/usr/bin/autom4te line 81. 

make: *** [configure] Error 1 

error: Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.7861 (%build) 

RPM build errors: 

    Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.7861 (%build) 

Build time for zbar: 8 seconds 

Failed building zbar 

f_scbuild() returned an error, exiting 




cd /opt/freescale/ltib/usr/bin/ 

sudo rm auto*

cd <path>/ltib/

./ltib -m scbuild -p zbar.spec

Error (4):

libtool: link: cannot find the library `/usr/lib/libMagickCore-6.Q16.la' or unhandled argument `/usr/lib/libMagickCore-6.Q16.la' 

make[1]: *** [zbarimg/zbarimg] Error 1 


cd rootfs/usr/lib/

ls | grep Magic

Below is the result of above command on my PC:

















Remove all “.la” files of ImageMagick. And build the zbar again.

Error (5):

make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/gtk+-2.14.3/modules' 

make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/gtk+-2.14.3/modules' 

Making all in demos 

make[2]: Entering directory `/home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/gtk+-2.14.3/demos' 

no --raw --build-list\ 

       apple_red  ./apple-red.png\ 

                gnome_foot ./gnome-foot.png\ 

        > test-inline-pixbufs.h\ 

|| (rm -f test-inline-pixbufs.h && false) 

/bin/bash: no: command not found 

make[2]: *** [test-inline-pixbufs.h] Error 1 

make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/gtk+-2.14.3/demos' 

make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1 

make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/sainath/ltib/ltib/rpm/BUILD/gtk+-2.14.3' 

make: *** [all] Error 2 

error: Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.15343 (%build) 

RPM build errors: 

    Bad exit status from /home/sainath/ltib/ltib/tmp/rpm-tmp.15343 (%build) 

Build time for gtk2: 572 seconds 

Failed building gtk2 


sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev

sudo apt-get install libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev

sudo rm -r rpm/BUILD/gtk2

./ltib -m prep -p gtk2.spec

./ltib -m scbuild -p gtk2.spec

Error (6):

error Qzbar.cpp: x11Info was not declared in this scope

error 'fromstdstring' is not a member of 'qstring'

error 'tostdstring' is not a member of 'qstring'


Copy “patch1_qt.patch” into “zbar-0.10” directory.

Execute below command on terminal

patch -p2 –verbose -i patch1_qt.patch

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