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Bar Code Symbologies


Bar codes are either linear, stacked or 2D. There have been many symbologies created and the following list are the most widely used.


Once you have determined your symbology, then determine the scanner type at: How to Choose a Bar Code Scanner.

A comprehensive list of the most popular scanners are at: Bar Code Scanners.

Linear and Stacked Bar Codes bar code

Codabar

Old format used in libraries, blood banks and on airbills

Code 11

Telephones

Code 39

First alphanumeric from Intermec

Code 93

Various

Code 128

International Standard ISO/IEC 15417

EAN

Worldwide retail, GS1-approved

GS1-128

GS1-approved

GS1 DataBar

GS1-approved

Interleaved 2 of 5

Wholesale, libraries

Macro PDF

Matrix 2 of 5

MSI

Used for warehouse shelves and inventory

Plessey

Catalogs, store shelves, inventory

Standard 2 of 5

Industrial

Telepen

Libraries (UK)

UPC

Worldwide retail, GS1-approved


2D Bar Codes QR Code

Aztec Code

Designed by Andrew Longacre at Welch Allyn

Codablock A

Codablock F

Data Matrix

From Microscan Systems

GS1 Composite

Han Xin

MaxiCode

Used by United Parcel Service

Micro PDF

Micro QR

PDF417

Originated by Symbol Technologies

QR code

Initially developed by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave for car parts management

PostBar

Canadian Post office

POSTNET

United States Postal Service

TLC39