[Koha] Help with searching from a Google Android phone

Mason James mason.loves.sushi at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 12:41:50 NZST 2009

On 2009/09/7, at 12:28 PM, Mark Osborne wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm grappling with something exciting at the moment but would like  
> some help from the Koha community. I have a brand new Google  
> Android phone, which has on it an app called Barcode Scanner. It  
> works by using the phone's camera as a barcode reader to scan an  
> item's ISBN then search something like Amazon or Google Books to  
> find a match (which you can obviously use to purchase the item).  
> Think of seeing a good book your friend has, scanning the barcode  
> and ordering a copy for yourself.
> Where Koha comes in is that it offers one the ability to enter a  
> 'custom search' URL. So I started to think: what if I set this to  
> be my library's OPAC and did an ISBN search of Koha? That would  
> give me the ability to search my Koha using a smartphone barcode  
> scanner. The problem is, I can't get any results returned. I've set  
> the 'custom search' URL to be
> http://<library server>/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?q=%s (where %s  
> is the ISBN returned by the barcode scanner.)
> The problem is that I can't get any results returned. The ISBN I'm  
> using to test it is 9780143018674 but the page I end up on is 'No  
> result found! No results match your search for 9780143018674.' Is  
> there a special URL I should use to complete an ISBN search?
> Can anyone help me?
> Mark Osborne
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hi Mark

'idx=nb' is what you want in the search-query

try this....
http://<library server>/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl? 

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