Scanbot SDK for iOS Developer Guide


Scanbot SDK for iOS is a simple to use high level API, providing a collection of classes and functions for scanning and processing documents from your mobile device’s camera or other image sources like your photo library.

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Scanbot SDK consists of a bunch of modules, each individually licensable or avalaible in license packages.

Currently the following modules and features are available:

  • Document Detection in digital images
  • User interface for guided, automatic document scanning using the document detection module
  • Image Processing for rotating, cropping, filtering and perspective correction, optimized for the needs of document scanning
  • PDF Creation - merge a collection of processed or unprocessed document images and write them into a PDF document with one page per image
  • Optical Character Recognition - recognize text in document images and create searchable PDF documents with selectable text
  • Payform Recognition, detect and recognize SEPA payforms on images and extract the important data fields via OCR
  • Recognition and Data Extraction from German Medical Certificate forms (aka. Disability Certificate or AU-Bescheinigung)
  • MRZ Scanner - Provides the ability to find and extract Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) content from ID cards, passports and travel documents.


  • iPhone or iPad with iOS 9 or higher
  • Rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • Supported architectures: arm64, armv7 (x86_64 and i386 for Simulators)

Dev Tools:

  • Latest stable version of Xcode
  • Optionally CocoaPods

Please note: The Scanbot SDK can be used in Objective-C and Swift projects.

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