About DataWedge

DataWedge 6.4

Overview

DataWedge provides barcode scanning and processing services for Zebra devices running Android. Included with every Zebra device, DataWedge enables all apps on the device (whether stock or added later) to acquire scanned data without using scanner APIs directly. DataWedge can be easily configured to automatically provide scanning services whenever a particular app is launched; to use a particular scanner, reader or other sensor; and to manipulate acquired data according to simple options or complex rules.

This document applies to:

To learn more about DataWedge APIs, read DataWedge APIs - Benefits & Usage Scenarios by Zebra engineer Darryn Campbell.


New in DataWedge 6.4

New APIs:

  • GET_VERSION_INFO - gets version numbers of DataWedge and of scanner and SimulScan frameworks on the device.
  • GET_DATAWEDGE_STATUS - returns the DataWedge state (enabled/disabled).
  • RESTORE_CONFIG - restores a DataWedge configuration to its default settings.
  • SET_CONFIG - create new, or overwrite or update an existing Profile, associate with an app, set a scanner config, select intent and/or keystroke plug-in.
  • REGISTER_FOR_NOTIFICATION - tells DataWedge to inform specified app or activity of updates to scanner and/or Profile status.
  • UNREGISTER_FOR_NOTIFICATION - cancels request for app notification.

DataWedge 6.4 continues to build on the new structure for launching Android intents introduced with DataWedge 6.2, and can launch multiple intents as extras in a single intent action. DataWedge continues to support all original commands using their original syntax. For details, see the DataWedge API guide.

Main Functionality

The version of DataWedge documented in this guide provides the following primary functions and options:

  • Scan and process all major barcode symbologies
  • Acquire barcodes, images, text, phone numbers, mag-stripe and other data
  • Set DataWedge to acquire scanned data for one or more apps
  • Create Profiles to implement specific DataWedge features for individual apps
  • Enable/Disable decoding of individual symbologies to improve speed
  • Set parameters for individual barcodes, scanners and readers
  • Format output according to simple or custom rules
  • Use plug-ins for data input, output and processing
  • Import and export settings
  • Remotely configure and mass-deploy settings via MDM
  • Restore settings to factory defaults
  • Apply remote settings changes immediately
  • Handle escape characters with "string at" criteria in Advanced Data Formatting rules

Availability and operation of DataWedge features varies by device and operating system (which determine the DataWedge version installed on the device).

Ready to get started? Go to the DataWedge Setup guide.

Which Version is Installed?

To determine which DataWedge version is installed on a device:

1. On the device, locate and tap the DataWedge icon in the Launcher screen or App Drawer: Launcher icon for DataWedge 6.x

2. Tap the "hamburger" menu. The DataWedge menu appears:

3. Tap About. The "About DataWedge" screen appears. The DataWedge version number is highlighted in the image below. Notice that the Scanner Framework version also is shown.
The "About DataWedge" box showing version numbers

4. If the DataWedge version on the device is different than that of this guide, visit the Zebra support site and download a device-specific Integrator Guide for reference.


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