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npm Supports Android and iOS MIT License

Live photo rectangle detection library useful for scanning documents. On capture, it returns the URIs for the original and a cropped version of the image allowing you to use the images as you want. You can additionally apply filters to adjust the visibility of text on the image (similar to the iOS document scanner filters).

  • Live detection
  • Perspective correction and crop of the image
  • Filters
  • Flash
  • Orientation Changes
  • Camera permission and capabilities detection
  • Fully customizable UI

Getting started

Install the library using either yarn:

yarn add react-native-rectangle-scanner

or npm:

npm install react-native-rectangle-scanner --save

you will also need to install react-native-svg, which is used for drawing the detected rectangle over the camera view.

iOS Only

CocoaPods on iOS needs this extra step:

cd ios && pod install && cd ..

NOTE: you need to be targeting iOS 10 or greater. Your pod file may need platform :ios, '10.0' at the top

Android Only

If you do not have it already in your project, you must link openCV in your settings.gradle file

include ':openCVLibrary310'
project(':openCVLibrary310').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir,'../node_modules/react-native-rectangle-scanner/android/openCVLibrary310')

In android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml

Add Camera permissions request:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />


This is the most barebones usage of this. It will show a fullscreen camera preview with no controls on it. Calling this.camera.current.capture() will trigger a capture and after the image has been captured and processed (cropped, filtered, stored/cached), it will trigger the onPictureProcessed callback.

import React, { Component, useRef } from "react"
import { View, Image } from "react-native"
import Scanner from "react-native-rectangle-scanner"
class DocumentScanner extends Component {
  handleOnPictureProcessed = ({croppedImage, initialImage}) => {
  onCapture = () => {
  render() {
    return (
        style={{flex: 1}}

Above is a very barebones version of the scanner. Check out a full example in example folder. That will handle device specific things, rendering error states, camera controls for different device sizes, mult tasking mode, etc. This is what I would consider the production ready version of using this package (it's actually very similar to the component(s) that we use in production.


This package works on a simulator. Android has a pretty cool VR world that emulates a camera. On iOS the preview will just be a black screen, and the onDeviceSetup property will return false for the hasCamera attribute so you can show a custom message like "This device doesnt have a camera".


Prop Default Type Description
filterId none integer The id of the filter to use. See More
enableTorch false bool If the flashlight should be turned on
capturedQuality 0.5 float The jpeg quality of the output images
onTorchChanged null func Called when the system changes the flash state
onRectangleDetected null func Called when the system detects a rectangle on the image, sends the coordinates
onPictureTaken null func Called after an image is captured. It hasn't been cached yet but it will send you the URIs of where it will store it
onPictureProcessed null func Called after an image was captured and cached. It sends the URIs of where it stored the images.
styles null object Styles the camera view (works best on fullscreen/flex: 1).
onErrorProcessingImage null func Called if there was an error capturing the image. Includes a message and the paths it was trying to save if the error was failing to save the image.
onDeviceSetup null func Called after the system sets up the camera allowing you to configure the view for different device setups.
androidPermission null object or false ANDROID ONLY: Allows specifying the permission object on android or disabling entirely (pass false).


This callback is really important. When you show the Scanner component, it will start setting up the camera. The onDeviceSetup({hasCamera, permissionToUseCamera, flashIsAvailable, previewHeightPercent, previewWidthPercent}) contains all the details you need to preset the camera view.

hasCamera will notify you if the device even has a camera. iOS simulators do not have a camera for example. This gives you the chance to hide the camera preview and show an error or something.

permissionToUseCamera will tell you if the user has granted permission to use the camera.

flashIsAvailable tells you if the device has a flashlight that you can use.

previewHeightPercent and previewWidthPercent contain percentages of the portrait view that the preview takes up. This is important because on android devices, there are preset preview sizes that may or may not match the screen size. So you can't just show the preview at full screen or the preview will be stretched. See the example on how I handle this.


When changing the enableTorch property, the system will call the onTorchChanged({enabled}) callback as well with the new state. This allows you to keep your component state in sync. Natively the torch will get turned off when the component cleans up or after an image is captured. This allows you to update the state.

Rectangle Detection

Rectangle detection does NOT show up on the UI automatically. You must take the coordinates from the onRectangleDetected({detectedRectangle}) callback and render a view that displays a rectangle over the camera view. This can be done easily with a simple SVG by importing RectangleOverlay from this package and feeding it the detected rectangle object.

Why not just handle in natively? Because it allows much more customization of the rectangle overlay. For example, you could black out the entire image, except where the detected rectangle is. This also lets you control auto capture and UI changes on detection in javascript.

Auto Capture

Auto capturing is handled entirely in the RectangleOverlay component by simply setting its allowDetection={true} and onDetectedCapture={this.captureImage} props. See that component for documentation.


iOS and some android devices support continuous focus mode on their cameras. This means we don't need to worry about focusing the camera ever. There is a function you can call on the ref focus() which will trigger a refocus on android devices. This will likely get expanded in the future to support points so you can focus on a specific location.

Capturing An Image

To capture an image, you must create a ref to the component. This ref will allow you to call capture() which will trigger the capture asynchronously.

Once triggered, it will take the current detected rectangle and crop, apply filters, and transform the image to correct the perspective. It will call onPictureTaken({croppedImage, initialImage}) containing the URIs of the cropped image and the original image. NOTE: The image still needs to be cached which can take a few ms, so loading the image will not work yet.

The picture will then start to be processed and cached. Once done, it will call onPictureProcessed({croppedImage, initialImage}) containing the URIs of the images. This is called after the image is cached which means you can load the images into the UI.

NOTE: There is no UI changes when you capture an image. No screen flash, only a camera sound. This is meant so you can design how you want. The easiest way is to just use an animated view to flash a white screen. You can import the FlashAnimation component to do this if you want.

NOTE: captured images are stored in the app's cache directory under the CACHE_FOLDER_NAME. This allows you to clear the cached images when you are done. (This is advised although these may get deleted by the system.)

NOTE: on iOS, it will try to correct the rotation of the image. If you are in portrait mode, but the phone is rotated to landscape, it will rotate the captured image automatically.


Instead of allowing you to customize the contrast, saturation, etc of the image, I prebuilt the filters. This is because the filter controls are massively different between platforms and changing those values results in much different image outputs. Below are the avilable filters. Honestly, the color controls where pretty bad on android, so the best ones for android are probably just using the Color and Black & White instead of showing all 4 (they are only slightly better than Greyscale and the original photo).

ID Name Default Description Preview
1 Color Optimzed for legibility with color. Color jpeg
2 Black & White Optimized for legibility without color Color jpeg
3 Greyscale A black & white version of the image Color jpeg
4 Photo YES Just the photo Color jpeg


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