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Barcode Technology - Code 39Ext Barcode               Hide the description

Code 39 Ext (Code 39 Extended) supports all ASCII 128 characters by using double character encoding.

For example, the lower-case letter "a" is represented by "+A". Because of the possibility of misrepresentation of a symbol, most bar code scanners must be switched to extended mode in order to recognize Code 39 Extended.

Code 39 (also known as Alpha39, Code 3 of 9, Code 3/9, Type 39, USS Code 39, or USD-3) is a variable length,

discrete barcode symbology.

Valid characters:  0123456789[Space]ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ-.$/+%

Code 39Ext is one of the many barcode formats currently in use.

A Barcode is a method of representing data in a visual, machine-readable form.

The barcode formats has two categories:

One-dimensional (1D) --- Barcodes represented data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines.

Two-dimensional (2D) --- Using rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns to represented data.

Code 39Ext is 1D barcode.

Code 39 is restricted to 43 characters. In Full ASCII Code 39 Symbols 0-9, A-Z, ".", "-" and space are the same as their representations in Code 39. Lower case letters, additional punctuation characters and control characters are represented by sequences of two characters of Code 39.

Code 39 is variable with no fixed length.

Code 39 can be to produced in different proportions: 2,0:1 and 3,0:1. This is the proportion between the thin and the

thick lines of the code. As higher the proportion, the wider is the printed barcode with same contents, but even better is readability.

The * character of Code 39:

The * character presented below is not a true encodable character, but is the start and stop symbol for Code 39. The asymmetry of the symbol allows the reader to determine the direction of the barcode being scanned. This code is traditionally mapped to the * character in barcode fonts and will often appear with the human-readable representation alongside the barcode.

In order to create this code do not have to enter the stars: If the text line shows *1234* you just have to enter 1234 because the stars are a fixed part of Code 39.

Check digit:

Since Code 39 is self-checking, a check digit normally isn't necessary. However, in applications that require an extremely high level of accuracy a modulo 43 checksum digit may be added.
To calculate the optional checksum digit, follow the following steps.
Take the value (0 through 42) of each character in the bar code. The start and stop characters are not included in the checksum calculation.
Sum the value of each of the values of each of the characters described in step 1.
Divide the result from step 2 by 43.
The remainder from the division in step 3 is the checksum character that will be appended to the data message before the stop character.


Possibly the most serious drawback of Code 39 is its low data density: It requires more space to encode data in Code 39 than, for example, in Code 128. This means that very small goods cannot be labeled with a Code 39 based barcode. However, Code 39 is still used by some postal services (although the Universal Postal Union recommends using Code 128 in all cases), and can be decoded with virtually any barcode reader. One advantage of Code 39 is that since there is no need to generate a check digit, it can easily be integrated into an existing printing system by adding a barcode font to the system or printer and then printing the raw data in that font.

Human Readable:

Most barcodes display their corresponding values below them, which makes it possible to human read and manually  enter the barcode values into the equivalent system when the barcode label is worn out and cannot be read by the barcode scanner.


Using Barcode system eliminates the possibility of human error. The error rate of manually entering data is
significantly higher than that of scan barcodes. Barcode scanning is fast and reliable, and it takes much less time than manual data entry. Especially when using a QR code, hundreds of characters can be read and entered into your system instantly.

Using a barcode system can make the working process simple and easy, so it can reduces the employee training time. It only takes a few minutes to master the barcode scanner to collecting data, employees no need to familiar with the entire inventory or pricing process. This also reduces the cost of employee training.


Code 39 was developed by Dr. David Allais and Ray Stevens of Intermec in 1974. Their original design included two wide bars and one wide space in each character, resulting in 40 possible characters. Setting aside one of these characters as a start and stop pattern left 39 characters, which was the origin of the name Code 39. Four punctuation characters were later added, using no wide bars and three wide spaces, expanding the character set to 43 characters.


FAQ About Code 39Ext Barcode


What is the historical origin of the Code 39Ext barcode?

The Code 39Ext barcode is an extended version of the Code 39 barcode and can represent 128 characters from ASCII values 0 to 127.

The Code 39 barcode is a barcode with an unfixed length, invented by Intermec in 1974, and was originally used to identify auto parts.

It consists of nine units, three wide and six narrow, for a total of 44 encoded characters.

The Code 39 barcode was the first alphanumeric barcode and was later widely used in industrial fields.

Because it can handle letters, CODE 39 was essential in the industrial field at that time, used in factory automation industries such as automobiles and electronics, and was also adopted by the US Department of Defense as a military barcode.

A general Code39 code consists of 9 elements consisting of 5 lines and 4 gaps separating them. Lines and gaps are divided into widths and gaps, and no matter whether lines or gaps, only three elements are wider than other elements by a certain ratio. Hence the name code 39.

Code39 is one of the most widely used barcode formats. Code39 is defined in the ISO/IEC 16388:2007 standard.

LOGMARS stands for Logistics Applications of Automated Marking and Reading Symbols. It is defined by code 39 military standard MIL-STD-1189B.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of Code 39Ext barcodes?


The coding rules are simple, it can represent multiple characters, there is no limit to the length of the barcode, and it supports a wide range of devices.


It cannot represent complex characters such as Chinese and requires a check code to improve reliability.


The difference between Code 39Ext barcode and Code 39

Code 39 barcodes can only encode 43 characters, including numbers, uppercase letters, spaces, and some symbols.
Code 39Ext can encode 128 characters, including lowercase letters and some special symbols.

The encoding rule of Code 39Ext is to add an escape character before each character, for example, %U represents the lowercase letter u.


Will Code 39Ext barcodes be phased out?

Code 39Ext barcode is a commonly used one-dimensional barcode format. It can encode data of any length and supports a wide range of devices, but it also has some disadvantages, such as low encoding efficiency and inability to express Chinese, etc. At present, the Code 39Ext barcode has not been eliminated, but with the development of 2D barcodes, it may gradually be replaced.


Comparison of Code128 barcode and Code 39Ext barcode

Code128 barcodes and Code 39Ext barcodes are widely used in corporate internal management, production processes, and logistics control systems. The difference is that the Code128 barcode represents more characters than the Code39 barcode, and the coding density per unit length is higher. When Code39 encoding cannot be accommodated in the unit length or the encoded characters exceed the limits of Code39, Code128 can be selected for encoding. So Code128 barcode is more flexible than Code39 barcode.

Code 128 barcodes can encode the full 128 ASCII character set, while Code 39Ext barcodes can only encode 39 characters.

The density of the Code 128 barcode is higher than that of the Code 39Ext barcode, which means that Code 128 can represent more information for the same length of barcode.

Code 128 barcodes contain check digits, while Code 39Ext barcodes do not, which means Code 128 barcodes are more reliable.

Code39 and Code128 are representatives of one-dimensional barcodes, and they are also widely used in the industry. For product numbers, serial numbers, network card addresses and IMEI numbers on mobile phones, cameras or 3C products, Code39 and Code128 are mostly used.


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