Code 128

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Code 128

Code 128 is an arbitrarily long, high-density barcode symbology that can be used to encode full 256 character extended-ASCII.

Also known as: USD-6, USS-128, Code 128A, Code 128B, Code 128C.


Standards: ISO/IEC 15417, ANSI/AIM BC4 - ISS Code 128, BS EN 799.

Data and Options

  • The input can consist of any extended ASCII data.
  • When the parse option is specified, any instances of ^NNN in the data field are replaced with their equivalent ASCII or extended-ASCII value, useful for specifying unprintable characters, e.g. ^029 for GS, ^209 for Ñ, etc.
  • FNC4 function characters will be inserted automatically to allow the encoding of extended ASCII characters.
  • When the parsefnc option is specified, non-data function characters can be specified by ^FNC1 through ^FNC3.
  • When the parsefnc option is specified, the special pseudo characters ^LNKA and ^LNKC at the end of the symbol indicate that a GS1-128 symbol includes a CC-A/B or CC-C GS1 composite 2D component.
  • The raw option denotes that the data field is providing the input as pre-encoded codewords in ^NNN format, suitable for direct low-level encoding.
  • The mandatory check digit is calculated automatically.


Data:    Count0123456789!
Options: includetext
Encoder: code128