barcode generation for nodejs
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Generate 1D and 2D barcodes

Supported 1D types

Supported 2D types



npm install barcode


Set it up and specify your type and options. The following 3 are the only required ones.

var barcode = require('barcode');
var code39 = barcode('code39', {
	data: "it works",
	width: 400,
	height: 100,

Next choose from the three methods below how you want to output your barcode.


Get a stream of the final image data. you can collect this and save out a new PNG (default type), pipe it elsewhere, or save it to a CDN.

code39.getStream(function (err, readStream) {
	if (err) throw err;

	// 'readStream' is an instance of ReadableStream

File to disk

Save an image out to the file system, pretty simple. Just be sure to specify your outfile.

var outfile = path.join(__dirname, 'imgs', 'mycode.png')
code39.saveImage(outfile, function (err) {
	if (err) throw err;

	console.log('File has been written!');

Base64 encoded img src

Often times, barcodes are single use for a single print or whatever. With this method, we can create one on the fly and just send the base64 encoded image to the browser through the HTML.

code39.getBase64(function (err, imgsrc) {
	if (err) throw err;

	// if we're using HTTP or another framework
	res.end('<img src="' + imgsrc + '">');


Much of the underlying code for the generation is being rewritten, however the API will remain the same. As a rule, anything new will have to be testable.

Things todo:

  • Move all checksums and ECC to a module in lib/utils
  • Use the new barcode generation class: Barcode2D.js
  • Remove uses of Barcode1D and in-place image generation
  • Create separate functions for generating sequences

In the future:

  • Abstract drawing to be able to draw with gm or output html (bars with css or canvas)


The MIT License (MIT)