ITF-14 Barcode Dimensions


If you are printing your barcodes onto your product packaging (or sticky labels), please pay attention to the official barcode dimensions – the barcode standards are shown below.
NOTE – the height and width of the barcode can be varied independently e.g. you could have barcode dimensions of 120% width and 90% height if you wish.

Barcodes can be purchased here – these are sent through with the barcode dimensions of the images as close to 100% magnification as possible.


Below are the ITF-14 Barcode Specifications in millimetres. This page shows the officially allowed sizes of your ITF-14 Barcode on your carton

ITF-14 Sizing

The top and bottom bearer bars are mandatory whereas the vertical bearer bars are optional provided a printing method is being used that doesn’t require printing plates.


The specified magnification range for an ITF-14 Barcode Symbol being scanned in a General Distribution Scanning environment is between 50 and 100%. For other scanning environments the range is 25-100%

If printing onto corrugate fibreboard the ITF-14 should be above 62.5%.

Height of Bars:

The minimum height for the bars in a General Distribution Scanning Environment is 32mm.

In other scanning environments the bar height should be as high as possible. 13mm is the minimum bar height, hence all ITF-14’s should exceed this height however every effort should be made to ensure that the height is as close as possible to 32mm.

Bar Width Ratio:

The bar width ratio is 2.5:1. The acceptable range for this ratio is between 2.25:1 and 3:1.

Human Readable Interpretation:

Font, font size and location are not specified however these should be printed clearly in proportion to the rest of the barcode. It is preferred for the font to appear below the barcode.

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All measurements are in millimetres.

It is best to allow more space for the quiet zones than the minimum in case of ink spread


General Distribution Scanning Environment – This refers to automated scanning by a machine as the item passes along a conveyor belt.

Other Scanning Environments – Typically this refers to handheld scanners.

Bar Width Ratiothis refers to the ratio of wide modules to narrow modules in the ITF-14. A wide module should be 2.5 times the width of a narrow module.

Quiet ZonesArea of white space on either side of the bars