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QuickChart supports QR code generation. Generate a QR code like this:'s my text

QR code parameters

Build your customized QR code using the following query parameters. You may also use the web-based QR code builder.

Parameter NameDescriptionRequired?Default value
textContent of the QR code (can be a URL or any other string)Yes
formatFormat of QR code, either png, svg, or base64png
marginWhitespace around QR image4
sizeWidth and height dimension of the image150
darkHex color code of "dark" QR grid cells000000 (black)
lightHex color code of "light" QR grid cellsffffff (white)
ecLevelError correction level (L, M, Q, H)M (H if center image is present)
centerImageUrlURL of image to show in the center. Must be URL-encoded.
centerImageSizeRatioHow much space to take up, between 0.0 and 1.00.3
centerImageWidthWidth of center image in pixels
centerImageHeightHeight of center image in pixels

Remember to URL-encode the text parameter. Otherwise special characters and symbols might not be included correctly (the QR builder takes care of this automatically).

Customizing QR code appearance

To customize the color of your QR code, use dark and light. The parameters must be hex color codes (e.g. dark=000000, light=ffffff). For a transparent background, set light to 0000.

Set the whitespace around QR image in modules with query parameter margin (defaults to 4), size determines the pixel dimensions of the image (defaults to 150), and error correction level with ecLevel (valid values: L, M, Q, H).

The QR endpoint produces a PNG image by default. You may optionally set the query parameter format=svg for SVG format.

Here's the same code as above but URL encoded with slimmer margins, more error protection, colors, and in SVG format:'s%20my%20text&dark=f00&light=0ff&ecLevel=Q&format=svg

Use our interactive QR code generator to preview API behavior and test things out. You may also be interested in how to generate QR codes in a spreadsheet.

Images in QR codes

You may include an image centered in your QR code by using the centerImageUrl parameter. Note that the URL must be URL-encoded. PNG and JPG images are supported.

For example:'s my text&centerImageUrl=

To set width/height, use centerImageSizeRatio. This ratio should be a float between 0 and 1. It determines how much space the center image takes up.'s my text&centerImageUrl=

Alternatively, you can specify width and height in pixels using centerImageWidth and centerImageHeight.


You should always test the QR code after overlaying an image. This is because an image can potentially block critical portions of the QR code. You can guard against this by making sure the image covers less than ~30% of the available area.


Remember to URL-encode the centerImageUrl parameter. Otherwise the URL will not work correctly if it contains special characters (the QR builder takes care of this automatically).

Bulk QR code generator

The API can generate bulk QR codes, but if you're looking to generate codes quickly, try our web-based bulk QR code generator.

Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is a software engineer and former Googler based in San Mateo, California. He has helped Google, NASA, and governments around the world improve their data pipelines and visualizations. In 2018, Ian created QuickChart, a collection of open-source APIs that support data visualization efforts.

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