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 Datamatrix GS1). 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 Barcodes in Illustrator, InDesign

Easy to use barcode plug-ins and extensions for Adobe InDesign, Illustrator und Photoshop. For more videos, see the Softmatic Youtube Channel

The Softmatic barcode plug-ins and extensions for InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are available on the Adobe Exchange.

Stand-alone software for Datamatrix - Mac

Softmatic BarcodePlus V5 creates Datamatrix and will export the barcode as PDF / SVG (resolution-independent vector) oder raster image (PNG, TIFF). The app will automatically format the data according to the specs to create the smallest possible symbol:

Free download from Mac App Store.

Stand-alone Software für Datamatrix - Windows

Softmatic® BarcodePlus (Win, V4, Windows 7 or higher)


Datamatrix mass creation

For mass creation of Datamatrix, see Softmatic BarcodeFactory V5. Ideal for personalized 2D codes for tickets, event, mailings. Video shows generating bulk QR codes from email addresses: