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Barcode types

ActiveBarcode supports all common barcode types

The following comparison chart will help you to choose the right barcode symbology for your project. There were many different barcodes types developed over the years. Each of these different barcode types has special characteristics. This comparison helps you to decide which barcode type will match your needs best.

ActiveBarcode calculates the check digit - where available - automatically for you.

Code 128
Modern 1D type of barcode. Has highly copmpressed data. Very often used.
GS1-128, EAN-128
This special form of the Code 128 is used for goods and palettes in commerce and industry. More than one data field can be encoded using Application Identifiers.
EAN-13, GTIN-13
The EAN code is primarily used in supermarkets to identify products at the point of sales.
QR Code
2D barcode for encoding mass text or data in only one code. Often used for Mobile-Tagging with cell phones.
Data Matrix
2D barcode for encoding mass text or data in only one code.
GS1-Data Matrix
This special form of the Data Matrix is used for goods and palettes in commerce and industry. More than one data field can be encoded using Application Identifiers.
EAN-8, GTIN-8
This is the short version of EAN-13 for extremly small products.
PDF417
2D barcode for encoding mass text or data in only one code.
ISBN-13
International Standard Book Number. ISBN standard type since 01. January 2007.
ISSN
International Standard Serial Number. The ISSN serves the identification of sequentially appearing publications, e.g., magazines.
ISMN
The ISMN (Internationally Standard Music Number) is used for marking printed musical publications.
EAN-14, GTIN-14
The EAN 14 code is used for traded goods
DUN-14
Distribution Unit Number. Also have a look at EAN-14 and ITF-14.
SCC-14
Shipping Container Symbol. Also have a look at EAN-14 and ITF-14.
ITF-14
The ITF-14 barcode is used to create the Shipping Container Symbol. This code is used to mark cartons and palettes that are including goods with an EAN-13 code.
EAN-18/NVE
The EAN 18/NVE is used to display the Nummer der Versandeinheit (NVE).
SSCC-18
Serial Shipping Container Code. It is used throughout the supply chain as an identifier for item tracing and internal control.
UPC-A, GTIN-12
The UPC A code is the standard version of the UPC code and has 12 digits. It is also called UPC 12 and is very similar to the EAN code.
UPC-E
This is the short version of UPC-A for extremly small products.
Code 39
Also known as Code 3 of 9. Often used type that is self checking.
Code 39 Extended
Also known as Code 3 of 9 Extended. Extension of Code 39.
Code 25
Also known as Code 2 of 5 and Code 25 Industrial. Rather old code for industrial use.
Code 25 Interleaved
Also known as Code 2 of 5 Interleaved. Industrial use.
JAN
Japanese Article Numbering. It's primarily used in supermarkets to identify product at the point of sales.
EAN-5
AddOn code. For example for books (see ISBN).
EAN-2
AddOn code. For example for magazines.
EAN-99
"EAN-99 is a special form of the EAN-13, which just starts with ""99"". EAN 99 is used as an in-store coupon."
EAN-Velocity
EAN-Velocity is a special form of the EAN-8. This code is internally used by dealers for products that have no EAN-13 or EAN-8 code from the producer.
ISBN-13 Dual
International Standard Book Number. ISBN transitional type from 01. January 2006 to 31. December 2006.
ISBN-10
International Standard Book Number. ISBN standard type until 31. December 2005.
Codabar
Old barcode type. Often used in medicine in the past.
Code 93
Same characterset as Code 39 but more compacted code that requires less space.
Code 93 Extended
Same characterset as Code 39 Extended but more compacted code that requires less space.
PZN7
Pharmazentralnummer für medicine. Special form of Code 39.
PZN8
Pharmazentralnummer für medicine. Special form of Code 39.
Leitcode
The Leitcode is used by Deutschen Post/DHL.
Identcode
The Identcode is used by Deutschen Post/DHL.
Code 128A
Subcode of Code 128. This type is normally not used for itself. Use Code 128 or EAN 128 instead.
Code 128B
Subcode of Code 128. This type is normally not used for itself. Use Code 128 or EAN 128 instead.
Code 128C
Subcode of Code 128. This type is normally not used for itself. Use Code 128 or EAN 128 instead.
MSI Plessey
Old code typ. Was used for goods and books in the past.
PostNet
This code us used to improve the speed of sorting and delivering of mail.
Royal Mail
The Royal Mail 4 State Customer Code (RM4SCC) was created for automated mail sortation processes.
There are the following standards specified for some barcode types:

EN 797 - Symbol specification EAN/UPC (ISO 15420)
EN 798 - Symbol specification Codabar
EN 799 - Symbol specification Code 128
EN 800 - Symbol specification Code 39
EN 801 - Symbol specification Code 25 Interleaved

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