Supported barcodes

All barcode types supported by the SDK and their common applications

1D barcodes

1D barcodes, or linear barcodes, are the original type of barcode. They are widely used across various industries for simple, efficient data encoding. These barcodes consist of parallel lines of varying widths and spacing, which represent numeric or alphanumeric information. This data can then be scanned rapidly and reliably with barcode readers. 1D barcodes are particularly common in retail, inventory management, and logistics, where they serve to streamline operations and enhance data accuracy.

EAN

The European Article Number (EAN) is a standard barcode symbology used for product identification in retail and supply chain management worldwide. EAN barcodes encode Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), which uniquely identify products. They are assigned and managed by GS1.

  • EAN-13: 13-digit barcode for individual product identification, used globally.
  • EAN-8: Compact 8-digit barcode for small product packaging, suitable for retail and distribution.
  • EAN-2: 2-digit supplemental barcode used with EAN-13, typically for issue numbers on periodicals.
  • EAN-5: 5-digit supplemental barcode used with EAN-13 for price, weight, or variant information.
  • ISBN: The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) barcode is a specialized form of the EAN-13 used exclusively for books.

UPC

UPC-A Example

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology widely used in North America for retail and distribution purposes. UPC barcodes encode Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) to uniquely identify products. This facilitates efficient supply chain management.

  • UPC-A: 12-digit barcode encoding the GTIN, widely used in retail and distribution in North America.
  • UPC-E: Compressed version of UPC-A barcode, designed for smaller items where a full 12-digit barcode would be too large.

Code 128

Code 128 Barcode Scanner

This high-density barcode is used across various sectors, but particularly in logistics for marking goods and containers. It supports all ASCII characters and can thus encode a broad range of information, from basic numeric data to text with special characters.

GS1-128

GS1-128 Barcode Scanner

A derivative of Code 128, GS1-128 incorporates the GS1 specification for Application Identifiers, which facilitates logistics operations. It typically encodes data such as order numbers, weights, dates of manufacture, and other critical logistical details.

Code 39

Code 39 Example

Code 39 is a versatile barcode used in numerous industries, especially in the United States. It can encode letters, which is crucial in environments like automotive and electronics manufacturing. In total, it encodes 43 characters: letters, digits, and several special characters.

Code 93

Used chiefly by Canada Post, Code 93 encodes 43 characters and five special symbols. In its extended form, it can represent all 128 ASCII characters, enabling it to store detailed delivery information.

Codabar

Codabar

Codabar is used in libraries, blood banks, and for other logistical applications. It is a self-checking barcode that encodes up to 16 alphanumeric characters.

MSI Plessey

Commonly found in grocery store shelving and warehousing, MSI Plessey is an improvement on the original Plessey code. It can use up to two check digits to enhance reliability. It holds numerical data and is used for a variety of product information.

Standard 2 of 5

Industrial 2 of 5 Barcode Scanner

Standard 2 of 5 (also known as Industrial 2 of 5) is a barcode symbology in the Code 2 of 5 / Code 25 family. It is a general-purpose code and is used for general-purpose applications across various industries. It encodes an even number of numeric digits, with each digit represented by five bars and five spaces. Unlike Airline 2 of 5 (IATA 2 of 5), Standard 2 of 5 allows for optional check digits, providing flexibility in its implementation.

ITF (Interleaved 2 of 5)

ITF Barcode Scanner

ITF (Interleaved 2 of 5) is a barcode symbology in the Code 2 of 5 / Code 25 family. It encodes numbers in pairs, using both the bars and the spaces, which results in a higher data density. ITF codes are prevalent in bulk storage and shipping environments, and are typically placed on the packing material.

IATA 2 of 5

IATA 2 of 5 Barcode Scanner

IATA 2 of 5 (also known as Airline 2 of 5) is a barcode symbology in the Code 2 of 5 / Code 25 family. It is utilized in the airline industry for processing and managing air cargo. It encodes an even number of numeric digits, without a check digit.

GS1 DataBar

Formerly known as RSS (Reduced Space Symbology), GS1 DataBar barcodes are ideal for fresh produce and small item labeling in retail environments. They encode all 14 digits of a GTIN and can include additional information like expiration dates and batch numbers through GS1 Application Identifiers.

GS1 DataBar Expanded

RSS Expanded barcode

GS1 DataBar Expanded (formerly RSS Expanded) is used for similar applications as GS1 DataBar. It offers variable length encoding and omnidirectional scanning. It is particularly suited for dynamic retail and coupon applications.

2D barcodes

2D barcodes are more reliable and store more data per unit area than their 1D counterparts. They are thus suited to a wide range of applications, from retail and advertising to complex supply chain management and healthcare systems.

QR Code

QR Code

The extremely versatile QR Code symbology is used globally in marketing, public transport, airline ticketing, and parcel delivery. It can encode up to 7089 digits or 4296 alphanumeric characters. Thanks to automatic error correction, the data can be read even if up to 30% of the QR code is damaged.

Micro QR Code

The Micro QR Code is a QR Code variant for applications requiring a smaller footprint. It can store up to 35 numeric or 21 alphanumeric characters and is ideal for items with limited labeling space.

Aztec Code

Aztec Code

Mostly used in transportation applications, such as train and airline tickets, the Aztec Code stores over 3000 characters. It offers high data density and fault tolerance.

PDF417 Code

PDF417 Code Scanner

The PDF417 barcode is popular in ticketing, logistics, and ID documents like the U.S. driver’s license. It can theoretically store 2725 numeric or 1850 alphanumeric characters, is size-adjustable, and boasts high fault tolerance.

Data Matrix Code

Data Matrix Scanner

Known for its small size and high capacity, the Data Matrix code is also readable in low-contrast conditions. It is therefore often used for direct part marking. The code features a distinctive L-shaped finder pattern and can store up to 3116 numeric or 2335 alphanumeric characters.

GS1 Data Matrix Code

GS1 Data Matrix Barcode Scanner

The GS1 version of the standard Data Matrix code is tailored for the pharmaceutical industry. It facilitates the encoding of data such as batch numbers and expiration dates on medicinal products, enhancing traceability and counterfeiting protection.

GS1 DataBar Composite Code

This barcode combines a primary one-dimensional GS1 barcode (like DataBar, EAN, UPC-A, or GS1-128) with a secondary symbol (either PDF417 or MicroPDF417) that encodes additional data such as batch numbers or expiration dates. It is used to label items that require detailed information.
There are three subtypes of GS1 DataBar Composite Barcode, each designed for specific data requirements and symbology compatibility:

  • GS1 Composite Code A (CC-A) encodes up to 56 characters in its 2D component, which is a MicroPDF417 code. The 1D component can be any GS1 barcode other than GS1-128.
  • GS1 Composite Code B (CC-B) encodes more than 56 characters in its 2D component, which is a MicroPDF417 code, accommodating larger data sets. The 1D component can be any GS1 barcode other than GS1-128.
  • GS1 Composite Code C (CC-C) is used to efficiently handle extensive data requirements. To do so, it pairs a GS1-128 code with a PDF417 code.

GiroCode

Giro Code Scanner

GiroCode is a variant of the QR Code specified by the European Payments Council that facilitates digital money transfers. It is used exclusively for financial transactions within the EU.

Swiss QR Code

Swiss QR Code Scanner

Introduced in 2022 for invoicing in Switzerland, the Swiss QR Code carries all necessary payment details, streamlining transaction processing.

Royal Mail Mailmark

Mailmark Barcode Reader

Specifically developed for the UK’s Royal Mail, the Mailmark barcode is a high-density 2D code used to improve mail sorting and delivery efficiency.

NTIN Code

NTIN Code Scanner

The NTIN code encodes a National Trade Item Number in a Data Matrix format to combat drug counterfeiting. The NTIN itself combines a national product registration number with a global GTIN prefix.

PPN Code

PPN Scanner

Similar to the NTIN code, the PPN (Pharmacy Product Number) code encodes specific pharmaceutical details in a Data Matrix code to support global efforts against drug counterfeiting.

UDI Code

The UDI (Unique Device Identification Code) system uses 1D or 2D barcodes on medical devices that encode critical information such as serial numbers and expiry dates. By improving traceability and counterfeit detection, UDI barcodes ultimately enhance patient safety.

Postal symbologies

Postal symbologies are specialized barcode formats designed to enhance mail sorting and delivery processes. These barcodes encode crucial delivery and tracking information, and are tailored to meet the needs of national postal systems.

USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode

Intelligent Mail Barcode

Developed by the US Postal Service to improve mail tracking and sorting, the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) is a 4-State Customer Barcode that encodes up to 31 digits across 65 bars. It features built-in error detection and encodes detailed information like service identifiers and routing codes.

RM4SCC Barcode

Used by the UK’s Royal Mail, the RM4SCC encodes UK postcodes and Delivery Point Suffixes (DPS) for efficient mail sorting. This 4-state barcode supports alphanumeric characters in order to store detailed mail routing data.

Australia Post 4-State Customer Code

This barcode is used by Australia Post to encode delivery information on parcels and letters. Available in three formats that differ in their capacity, it uses Reed-Solomon error correction to ensure accurate data transmission.

Japan Post 4-State Customer Code

Also known as Kasutama Barcode, it facilitates automated mail processing in Japan by encoding a 7-digit postal code and additional address data. This system ensures fast, accurate mail sorting.