Datamatrix is a two-dimensional or matrix code that can encode up to 3,000 characters. The use of Datamatrix is widespread in healtcare (as HIBC), manufacturing, retail (as a carrier of GS1 data). Several versions of Datamatrix exist; the only version relevant today is Datamatrix ECC200.

Datamatrix Specifications

Datamatrix is standardized. The relevant standard is ISO/IEC 16022-2006 and can be obtained from ISO.

Sample Datamatrix

Sample code encodes "ABCabc123":

Datamatrix sample

Datamatrix can directly encode accented and diacritic characters like german umlauts. Sample code encodes "ÄÖÜäöü":

Datamatrix sample umlauts

This code has been verified to scan properly on Mac and Windows PCs. Check the settings of your scanner if the scan result is different or if the code doesn't scan at all.

Common problems when scanning Datamatrix with non-ASCII data:
  • The Datamatrix symbology is deactivated in the scanner
  • The keyboard layout setting of the scanner does not match the locale setting in your computer

Create Datamatrix

Softmatic BarcodePlus creates Datamatrix ECC 200.

Windows PC - Softmatic® BarcodePlus (Win, V4, Windows XP or higher)

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Mac OS X - Softmatic® BarcodePlus (Mac, V4, 10.7 "Lion" or higher)

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Developers: Make sure to see our Datamatrix .NET Barcode Generator.