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What are QR codes

QR code

QR codes are a type of matrix (2D) barcodes. The big difference with the older linear (1D) barcode is that it can contain hundreds of characters. Perfect for storing links or other digital data.

The QR code technology is freely licensed by DENSO WAVE and in the beginning designed for the Japanese automotive industry. Thanks to the fast readability and easy to recognize design we can nowadays find QR codes everywhere.

If you like to read more about QR codes, visit the Wikipedia page.


What we do

We offer a platform that generates an QR code connected to a given URL. After the creation of your QR code you can export it in various formats. This includes an easy to print PDF document. To achieve a good and readable QR code we shorten your URL. This has as a big advantage that your QR code is scanned much faster and can be printed in a smaller scale.


How to create an QR code

Simple! You can start creating and sharing your QR code in just two steps:

QR code
Enter website URL

This needs to be a valid URL starting with "http://" or "https://".


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Export QR code

You can export your QR code in three different formats:

  • PDF A print friendly document offering your QR code in three different sizes.
  • SVG A vector oriented image. Perfect for using in print designs with no quality loss.
  • PNG A pixel perfect transparent image. Great for usage in your website or digital application.

Why us?

Three simple reasons why to use QRtag.net

365 Days+

Your link stays for 365 days** alive after last usage.

Its Free!

Its 100% free* without ads.


We have over 10 years of experience with hard linking.



* We will try to keep the basic link creations service as free as possible.

** We may change the amount of keeping alive days. This is due to server capacity and user usage behavior.


Amazon is experimenting with its own QR code style ‘SmileCodes’

QR code style markers — those lil’ barcode-looking boxes you’ll see on ads from time to time, meant to be scanned with your phone to launch some website or app — have yet to really find their footing in the U.S. But that’s not going to keep Amazon from taking a stab at it. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Date: Jan 30-2018 1:50pm


Pinterest rolls out its own version of QR codes

If you are walking around a retailer, you might have seen a sign or something along those lines posted to check out its Pinterest account for additional content or products — but there was not really a seamless way to get to that account without a lot of tapping around. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Date: Nov 14-2017 9:00am


New York and Las Vegas cabs start accepting China's biggest mobile payment mode

The taxi cabs in two popular U.S. destinations have responded to the millions of Chinese tourists coming in every year. By next month, tens of thousands of cabs in New York City and Las Vegas will accept Alipay, China's nearly ubiquitous mobile payment mode. continue...

  • Source: mashable.com
  • Author: Victoria Ho
  • Date: Oct 19-2017 11:24am


QR code made out of 130,000 carefully trimmed trees needs to be scanned from the sky

People in China are really, really into QR codes. continue...

  • Source: mashable.com
  • Author: Yvette Tan
  • Date: Sep 18-2017 11:23am


The iPhone’s camera app can now read QR codes

Remember when QR codes were the next big thing? In the U.S. you used to be able to find them on billboards, business cards — you name it. They were supposed to change the way we use our devices. Remember CurrentC? But the technology never really caught on stateside, mainly because users had to download a totally separate third-party app to scan them, and the whole system was pretty clunky. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Date: Jun 5-2017 4:11pm


Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on the app’s icon, or you can do a search for “QR” in spotlight. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Author: Sarah Perez
  • Date: Feb 2-2017 7:06am


Alibaba Invests In Israeli Startup Visualead For Its QR Code Technology

To many U.S. consumers, QR codes already seem like a quaint tech relic, but they continue to be popular in China. In fact, over the past two years, QR codes have become increasingly ubiquitous thanks to Weixin, the country’s top mobile messenger, and shopping apps. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Date: Jan 19-2015 11:02pm


Apple Pay Blocked at Rite Aid and CVS in Favor of QR Code Payments

The list of retailers supporting Apple Pay during its launch in September was long and impressive, but in the weeks following the launch, some major retailers have blocked the service in favor of a competing option set to debut in 2015. continue...

  • Source: mashable.com
  • Author: Adario Strange
  • Date: Oct 26-2014 2:04am


Scan Makes A QR Identity Play

Scan, a company that’s trying to link physical businesses to users with QR codes, is stepping into the identity and payments space. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Date: Jul 2-2014 9:11am


Visualead Raises $1.6M For QR Codes That (Kind Of) Blend In

QR codes (you know, those square images that can be scanned by your phone and point you to mobile websites) have never quite taken off with a mass audience, but some startups aren’t giving up the technology. For example, there’s Tel Aviv-based Visualead, which just raised $1.6 million in Series A funding. continue...

  • Source: techcrunch.com
  • Date: Sep 23-2013 5:00am



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