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Barcode Comparison Chart

Barcode Symbology Type Character Set Length Checksum Scanners Applications/Comments
Australia Postal Code

2-D
(height)
Numbers Only 4 Required 2D imager
special reader
Includes error correction
Aztec Code

2-D
matrix
Full ASCII; FNC1 and
ESI control codes
Variable
Min 12
Max 3832
Required 2D imager Includes error correction;
minimum is 15x15
square,
largest is 151x151
Codabar

Linear Digits 0-9
Symbols - : . $ / +
Used as Start/Stop:
A, B, C, D, E, *, N, T
Variable None Linear scanner
2D imager
Older code; often used in libraries
and blood banks.
See also USD-4, NW-7, 2of7
Code 11

Linear Numbers only Variable Required Linear scanner Second check digit is recommended
Code 128

Linear All ASCII characters
and control codes
Variable Required Linear scanner Widely used;
excellent for many applications
Code 39

Linear Uppercase letters A-Z
Numbers 0-9
Space - . $ / + %
Variable Optional Linear scanner In very wide use for many types of applications
Extended Code 39

Linear All ASCII characters and control codes Variable Optional Linear scanner Uses pairs of characters to encode
non-standard symbols; wasteful of space;
requires proper scanner setup
Code 93

Linear Uppercase letters A-Z
Numbers 0-9
Space - . $ / + %
Variable Optional Linear scanner A more compact cousin of Code 39, less widely in use
Composite Code

2-D
Stacked
All ASCII characters Variable Required 2-D Scanner
2-D Imager
Code comprised of a PDF417 code
stacked on top of a Code128;
used in GS1(UCC/EAN) standards
Data Matrix

2-D
Matrix
All ASCII characters Variable up to 2335 Required 2-D Imager Includes error correction
EAN-13

Linear Numbers only 13 + check digit
+2 optional
+5 optional
Required Linear Scanner Retail product marking world-wide
EAN-8

Linear Numbers only 7 + check digit Required Linear Scanner Retail product marking world-wide;
compressed code for products with
limited label space
EAN Bookland

Linear Numbers only 13 + check digit
+2 optional
+5 optional
Required Linear Scanner Special use of the EAN-13 symbol
o encode ISBN number on books
Industrial 2 of 5

Linear Numbers only Variable None Linear Scanner Older type of code
Interleaved 2 of 5

Linear Numbers only Variable
(pairs)
Optional Linear Scanner Very compact; encodes digits in pairs
so total length must be even number of digits
ISSN and SISAC

Linear Letters and Numbers Special Format Required Linear scanner Special use of Code 128 for identifying
publications internationally
ITF-14

Linear Numbers only 13 + check digit Required Linear Scanner Special use of the Interleaved 2 of 5 code
to mark shipping cartons containing
UPC encoded products (see also SCC-14)
LOGMARS

Linear Uppercase letters A-Z
Numbers 0-9
Space - . $ / + %
Variable Optional Linear Scanner Same as Code 39;
this is the US Government specification
Maxicode

2-D
Matrix
All ASCII characters 93 Required 2-D Imager Includes error correction, developed
by the United Parcel Service for
encoding destination informationn
MSI Plessey

Linear Numbers only Variable Required Linear Scanner Grocery store shelf tags
OPC
Optical Industry Assn.


Linear Numbers only 9 + check digit Required Linear Scanner Special use of Interleaved 2 of 5
for marking retail optical products
PDF-417

2-D
Stacked
All ASCII characters Variable Required 2-D Scanner
2-D Imager
Includes error correction, up to about
1850 ASCII or 2725 numeric characters
Plessey

Linear Numbers only Variable Required Linear Scanner Grocery store shelf tags
Postnet

2-D
(Height)
Numbers only 5 + check digit
+4 optional
+6 optional
Required 2-D Imager
Special Reader
USA postal code
(ZIP code)
QR Code

2-D
Matrix
All ASCII Characters Variable Required 2-D Imager
Smart Phone
Includes error correction, up to about
1520 ASCII or 2509 numeric charcters
Readable by most smart phones
SCC-14
Shipping Container Code


Linear Numbers Only 13 + check digit Required Linear Scanner Special use of UCC/EAN-128 to mark
shipping cartons containing
UPC encoded products
(see also ITF-14)
Standard 2 of 5

Linear Numbers only Variable None Linear Scanner Also called Industrial 2 of 5
UCC/EAN-128 (GS1-128)

Linear All ASCII characters
and control codes
Variable Required Linear Scanner Special use of Code 128 which
defines data formats for commerce
UPC Shipping Container
Code (ITF-14)


Linear Numbers Only 13 + check digit Required Linear Scanner Special use of the Interleaved 2 of 5
code to mark shipping cartons containing
UPC encoded products
(see also SCC-14)
UPC-A

Linear Numbers Only 11 + check digit
+2 optional
+5 optional
Required Linear Scanner Retail product marking in USA and Canada
UPC-E

Linear Numbers Only 7 + check digit Required Linear Scanner Retail products in USA and Canada;
compressed code for products with
limited label space

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