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This web page was created to assist in identifying which barcode the client may be trying to duplicate, or which type of barcode would best fit the application. The simplest way to identify a barcode symbology is to match the start and stop characters (designated in red) at the beginning and ending of the following barcode examples. Barcode for Beginners Video

Symbology Description Barcode Types Example of Barcode
Code 39 The Code 39 barcode is the easiest to use of alpha-numeric barcodes and is designed for character self-checking, thus eliminating the requirement for check character calculations. HIBC LIC
LOGMARS
MIL-STD-1189B
MIL-STD-129
MIL-STD-2073-1C
MIL-STD-129N
Code 39 Barcode Image
Extended Code 39 The full 128 character ASCII character set can be printed (in accordance with ISO 646) with the Extended Code 39 barcode. Extended Code 39 Barcode Image
Code 128 Character set A allows for uppercase characters, punctuation, numbers and several special functions such as a return or tab. CANADA POST
USPS
ISBT 128
USS Code 128
ISS Code 128
Code 128 Character Set A Barcode Image
Character set B allows for upper and lower case letters, punctuation, numbers and a few select functions. Code 128 Character Set B Barcode Image
UCC/EAN-128 Character set C encodes only numbers and the FNC1 function (indicated in blue). Because the numbers are "interleaved" into pairs, two numbers are encoded into every barcode character which makes it a very high-density barcode. UCC 128
EAN 128
SSCC-18
SCC-14
GTIN (EAN14)
UCC/EAN 128 Barcode Image
UPCa The Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode is used in the retail industry. UPC-A consists of 12 numbers. UPC
UCC12
UPCa Barcode Image
UPCe UPC-E consists of 12 numbers that are compressed into 8 numbers for small packages. UPCe Barcode Image
EAN13 The European Article Numbering System (EAN) is a superset of U.P.C. EAN-13 consists of 13 numbers. ISBN
ISSN
Bookland
JAN
EAN13 Barcode Image
EAN8 The European Article Numbering System (EAN) is a superset of U.P.C. EAN-8 and consists of 8 digits for small packages. EAN8 Barcode Image
Interleaved 2 of 5 Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) is a numeric-only barcode used for encoding pairs of numbers in a high density barcode format. ITF-14
EAN-14
SCC-14
GTIN
DUN14
USPS
Interleaved 2 of 5 Barcode Image
CodaBar The symbology of the Codabar character set consists of barcode symbols representing characters 0-9, letters A to D and the following symbols: -  .  $  /  +.  Rationalized Codabar
USD-4
NW-7
2 of 7 Code
Codabar Barcode Image
Industrial 2 of 5 The symbology of the Industrial Code 2 of 5 character set consists of barcode symbols representing the numbers 0-9, the start character and the stop character. Code 2 of 5 Code 25 Barcode Image
Code 11 The symbology of the Code 11 character set consists of barcode symbols representing the numbers 0-9, a dash symbol, the start character and the stop character.   Code 11 Barcode Image
Code 93 The symbology of the Code 93 character set consists of barcode symbols representing characters 0-9, A-Z, the space character and the following symbols:  /, + , %, - , . , $ .   Code 93 Barcode Image
GS1 Databar GS1 DataBar is capable of encoding up to 20,000,000,000,000 (20 trillion) values. This symbol is approved for POS use after 1-1-2010.   GS1 Databar Barcode Image
DataBar Expanded GS1 DataBar Expanded is a variable length, expanded version of the DataBar symbology capable of encoding the 14 digit GTIN and additional data.   GS1 Databar Expanded Barcode Image
DataBar Expanded Stacked GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked Omni-directional has the exact same data characteristics as GS1 DataBar Expanded, except that it may be stacked to decrease width and increase height.   GS1 Databar Expanded Stacked Barcode Image
DataBar Omni-Directional Stacked GS1 DataBar Stacked Omni-Directional has the exact same data characteristics as GS1 DataBar. This symbol is approved for POS use after 1-1-2010.   GS1 DataBar Omni-Directional Stacked Barcode Image
Databar Truncated GS1 DataBar Truncated has the exact same data characteristics as the GS1 DataBar barcode, except the bar height is set to the minimum height of 13 times the X dimension.   GS1 Databar Truncated Barcode Image
GS1 Databar Limited GS1 DataBar Limited has the same data characteristics as the GS1 DataBar barcode, except that it may only include values up to 4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion).   GS1 Databar Limited Barcode Image
GS1 Databar Coupon Code Coupon Code Tutorial. Coupons printed before January 2010 should also include the UPC symbol. After January 2010, the UPC symbol does not need to be printed.   GS1 Databar Coupon Code Barcode Image
MSI Plessey The MSI Plessey barcode was designed in the 1970s by the Plessey Company in England and has been used primarily in libraries and retail applications. MSI Code
Pulse Width Modulated Barcode
MSI Plessey Barcode Image
POSTNET The POSTNET (Postal Numeric Encoding Technique) barcode is a special barcode developed by the US Post Office to encode zip code information. Zip
Zip + 4
DPBC
Postnet Barcode Image
PLANET The U.S. Postal Service uses a special barcode called PLANET to track letter-size mail electronically USPS CONFIRM Planet Barcode Image
OneCode New USPS height-modulated barcode designed for use in high speed, automated, mail sorting machines that allow both Planet and Postnet barcode information to be combined into a single barcode to track mailings, request address-quality service. 4-State Customer Barcode
4CB or 4-CB
 OneCode Solution Barcode
USPS4CB
One Code Postal Barcode Image
MICR E13B The MICR E13B font is a special font that is used on bank checks and drafts in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama, UK, and a few other countries to print MICR characters for magnetic recognition and optical character recognition systems.   MICR E13B Image
MICR CMC7 The MICR CMC-7 font is a special font that is used on bank checks in Mexico, France, Spain and most Spanish speaking countries.   MICR CMC7 Image
OCRa

OCRb

The OCR-A and OCR-B character sets contain both upper and lower case letters, numbers, and several special characters. The OCR-A font characters were created from ANSI X3.17-1981 specifications and the OCR-B font characters were created from ANSI X3.49-1982 specifications. OCR-B1 Eurobanking
OCR-A1 Eurobanking
OCR-a and OCR-b Image
PDF417 Large amounts of text and data can be stored securely and inexpensively when using the PDF-417 symbology. Using Reed Solomon error correction, the printed PDF417 barcode symbol can withstand damage without causing loss of data.   PDF417 Barcode Font Printed with the PDF417 Font and Encoder.
Data Matrix Data Matrix is a very area efficient 2D barcode symbology that uses a unique square module perimeter pattern that helps the barcode scanner determine the cell locations. It can encode letters, numbers, text and actual bytes of data; it can encode just about anything including extended characters, unicode characters and photos.   DataMatrix Barcode created with the IDAutomation Data Matrix Bar Code Font
Maxi Code MaxiCode is a two-dimensional matrix barcode symbology containing hexagon modules in a 1" square area. MaxiCode is used by the UPS (United Parcel Service) on packing slips for sorting and addressing packages.   Maxicode Barcode Image
Aztec
Aztec is an area efficient 2D barcode symbology that can encode letters, numbers, text and actual bytes of data, including Unicode and extended characters, plus small photos.

Aztec Example
QR Code QR-Code is a very efficient, two-dimensional (2D) barcode symbology that encodes characters, numbers, text and actual bytes of data, including Unicode characters and photos.   Aztec Barcode Image

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