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Barcode Evaluation & Test Sheet

The chart below visually shows the size difference in popular barcode types. The barcode symbols below are all encoding the same data of "BARCODE12345678" in the 2D chart, with the same narrow bar width or X dimension of 10 mils. Of all the symbologies evaluated, Data Matrix was able to encode the most data, in the smallest amount of space.

Linear and 2D Barcode Symbology Evaluation Chart
Code 39 without check digit:
Code 39 Barcode without Check Digit
Code 128 Auto:
Code 128 Barcode
Aztec Barcode
Data Matrix ECC200 with ASCII encoding mode:
DataMatrix Barcode
PDF417 in Text encoding mode:
PDF417 Barcode
QR-Code with Error Correction L
QR Code Barcode
Linear Numbers Only Comparison (Encoding 123456789012)
Code 39 without check digit:
Code 39 Barcode with numbers only
Code 128 Set C:
Code 128 with numbers only
Codabar without check digit:
Codabar barcode
Interleaved 2 of 5 without check digit:
Interleaved 2 of 5
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