Supported Barcode symbologies

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Supported Barcodes

Code type Notes
EAN 13
EAN 13 is an extension of the UPC-A barcode symbology that usually carries a GTIN-13. Also known as: EAN, UCC-13, European Article Number, International Article Number, JAN, JAN-13, IAN, WPC, SAAN, UCCET, ABAC, BCCI, ICA, MANA, KANC, ANA, ANC.
An ISBN barcode is a variant of EAN-13 that is used to identify books. Also known as: ISBN-13, International Standard Book Number, Bookland EAN-13.
Standards: ISO 2108, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications.
Variant of EAN-13 with a prefix 979 that is used to identify printed music. Also known as: International Standard Music Number, ISMN-13. Standards: ISO 10957, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications
An EAN-13 with prefix 977 used to identify periodicals. Also known as: International Standard Serial Number.
Standards: ISO 3297, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications
EAN 8 is derived from the EAN 13 barcode symbology and is designed for small packaging. It usually carries a GTIN-8. Also known as: UCC-8, JAN-8.

The UPC A barcode symbology is used for identification of retail goods at point of sale inside of the US. It usually carries a GTIN-12.

Also known as: UPC, UCC-12, Universal Product Code.

UPC E is a compacted form of the UPC-A barcode symbology that usually carries a GTIN-12. tandards: ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications.
Also known as: Code 3 of 9, LOGMARS, Alpha39, USD-3, USS-39. Standards: ISO/IEC 16388, ANSI/AIM BC1 - USS Code 39, BS EN 800, MIL STD 1189
Used for pharmaceutical products in Germany
Code 93 is a barcode symbology designed in 1982 by Intermec to provide a higher density and data security enhancement to Code 39
Code 128
Alpha-numeric codes supported. Used extensively worldwide in shipping and packaging industries as a product identification code for the container and pallet levels in the supply chain
Also known as: UPC Shipping Container Symbol, SCS, UPC Case Code. Standards: ISO/IEC 16390, ANSI/AIM BC2-1995 USS, BS EN 801, GS1 General Specifications.
Widely used for applications that require serial numbers, such as management of blood banks, slips for door-todoor delivery services and member cards
RSS 14
GS1 DataBar

Quick Response Code is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode or two-dimensional barcode
Data Matrix
A two-dimensional code consisting of black and white "cells" or dots arranged in either a square or rectangular pattern, also known as a matrix
Aztec Code
 2D barcode.
Standards: ISO/IEC 24778:2008
Not fully implemented