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Barcode Types – Code-39


Code-39 is a binary level barcode developed by Intermec Corp., in 1975. It codes 43 charactersalpha-numeric and seven symbols. ; Named from that three bars in nine (consists of 5 black bars and 4 white bars) are wide.

Code-39 has been adopted by LOGMARS (Logistics Applications of Automated Marking Reading Symbols) of the Department of Defense (U.S.), AIAG (Automotive Industry Group, in U.S.), HIBC (Health Industry Business Communication Council), and so on.

In Japan, it has been adopted as a standard of governmental and private industries, by EIAJ (Electronic Industries Association of Japan).

Summary of Code-39 Symbol

    Character Set Alphabets, Numerics and seven Marks
    Code type Discrete
    Length of symbol variable
    Self Check Yes
    Checkdigit optional
    Character Density about 3.7 chars/cm


Character Composition



ASCII expression by using CODE-39

CODE-39 can express full-ASCII through the use of two characters.
The patterns of combination is as follows:


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