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How to choose a barcode

How to choose a bar code

How do you select the right bar code? Which bar code is the easiest to use? This site is designed to answer all your questions. There are detailed explanations of what each bar code does and complete specifications for most linear bar codes. There is also an interactive bar code guide- just answer the questions on this web page and the guide will tell you which is the right bar code for your application. Choosing a bar code is not as hard as it might seem. Some industries use specific bar codes. Some types of data require a specific bar code format. It should only take only a few minutes to find the bar code you need. Use the information on this site to narrow down the choice of bar codes, or use our interactive bar code selector to select the bar code that best fits your requirements.
Once you determine which bar code to use, you need to find a way to include those bar codes in your packaging or on your bar code labels. The most flexible way to print bar codes is to use a bar code font since they will work in almost any Windows application. (And bar code fonts can also be used in Unix, DOS, or on AS/400s.) We have links to firms that sell bar code software, so you can quickly start printing your own bar codes.

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Quick Bar Code Specifications:
Bar Code 2/5 interleaved: high density numeric, variable length, no checksum
Bar Code 39: partial alpha-numeric, variable length, no checksum
Bar Code 93: partial alpha-numeric, variable length, two checksums required
Bar Code 128: alpha-numeric, plus numeric, variable length, checksum required
Bookland: fixed length numeric, checksum required, encodes ISBN and price
Codabar: numeric plus four alpha characters, variable length, no checksum
EAN 8: 8 digit numeric, checksum required
EAN 13: 13 digit numeric, checksum required, for retail products in Europe
ISBN: fixed length numeric, checksum required, encodes ISBN and price
ITF-14: fixed length numeric, checksum required, encodes GTIN
SCC-14: Shipping Container Code, based on UPC
SSCC-18: Serial Shipping Container Code, based on UPC and tracking number
UPC-A: 12 digit numeric, checksum required, for retail products in North America
UPC-E: 6 digit numeric, checksum required, for retail products in North America
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