Barcode Scanner Formats and Symbols

While barcodes use the same basic principles, they can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each format was created for a very specific reason or use.  Check out the following list to learn more about each class of barcode and which ones might make sense to use for your business.

Point of Sale Barcodes

  • EAN-13
  • EAN-8
  • ISBN
  • ISMN
  • ISSN
  • UPC-A
  • UPC-E

One-Dimensional Barcodes

  • Code 128
  • Code 39
  • Code 39 Extended
  • Code 93
  • Code 93 Extended
  • Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF)

Two-Dimensional Barcodes

  • QR Code
  • Micro QR Code
  • Aztec Code
  • Aztec Runes
  • Compact Aztec Code
  • Compact PDF417
  • Data Matrix
  • Data Matrix Rectangular
  • Han Xin Code
  • MicroPDF417
  • PDF417

GS1 DataBar Barcodes

  • GS1 DataBar Expanded
  • GS1 DataBar Expanded Composite
  • GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked
  • GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked Composite
  • GS1 DataBar Limited
  • GS1 DataBar Limited Composite
  • GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional
  • GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional Composite
  • GS1 DataBar Stacked
  • GS1 DataBar Stacked Composite
  • GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional
  • GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional Composite
  • GS1 DataBar Truncated
  • GS1 DataBar Truncated Composite

Supply Chain Barcodes

  • GS1 Data Matrix
  • GS1 Data Matrix Rectangular
  • GS1 QR Code
  • GS1-128
  • ITF-14
  • SSCC-18

Postal Symbol Barcodes

  • AusPost 4 State Customer Code
  • Deutsche Post Identcode
  • Deutsche Post Leitcode
  • Japan Post 4 State Customer Code
  • MaxiCode
  • Miscellaneous symbols
  • Royal Dutch TPG Post KIX
  • Royal Mail 4 State Customer Code
  • USPS Intelligent Mail
  • USPS PLANET
  • USPS POSTNET

Pharmaceutical Symbol Barcodes

  • Aztec Runes
  • HIBC Aztec Code
  • HIBC Codablock F
  • HIBC Code 128
  • HIBC Code 39
  • HIBC Data Matrix
  • HIBC Data Matrix Rectangular
  • HIBC MicroPDF417
  • HIBC PDF417
  • HIBC QR Code
  • Italian Pharmacode
  • Pharmaceutical Binary Code
  • Pharmazentralnummer (PZN)
  • Two-track Pharmacode

Less-used Symbol Barcodes

  • BC412
  • Channel Code
  • Codabar
  • Codablock F
  • Code 11
  • Code 128
  • Code 16K
  • Code 25
  • Code 49
  • Code One
  • COOP 2 of 5
  • Datalogic 2 of 5
  • GS1 North American Coupon
  • IATA 2 of 5
  • Industrial 2 of 5
  • Matrix 2 of 5
  • MSI Modified Plessey
  • Plessey UK
  • PosiCode
  • Telepen
  • Telepen Numeric

GS1 Composite Symbol Barcodes

  • EAN-13 Composite
  • EAN-8 Composite
  • GS1-128 Composite
  • Composite
  • UPC-A Composite
  • UPC-E Composite

Raw Symbol Barcodes

  • Custom 1D symbology
  • Custom 4 state symbology
  • Flattermarken

Partial Symbol Barcodes

  • EAN-2 (2 digit addon)
  • EAN-5 (5 digit addon)
  • GS1 2D Composite Component

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