Scan the barcodes already on IDs, tickets or assets or print your own barcodes

As a free service to codeREADr clients, we enable the creation of standard QR codes with the embedded text displayed underneath the code. We also enable the creation of ‘branded’ barcodes for our premium customers. Branded barcodes allow you to select the barcode size, insert a logo or other image, control the display of embedded text and add additional text into a single image. Look here for more information on generating barcodes with codeREADr.

These barcode images we generate for you are meant primarily for inserting into emails and mobile messages. You can print them, too, if you insert the emailed images into Word, Excel or other document programs.

However, you do not have to use our barcode generator. You can scan barcodes that are already on labels, badges, tickets, and assets or scan barcodes that you plan to print yourself, such as QR, DataMatrix, PDF-417, Code 39, Code 128, etc. We can scan up to 50 different barcode types so we have you covered.

If you want codeREADr to validate the data embedded in your own barcodes, all you need to do is upload a CSV file of those barcode values on the codeREADr ‘Databases’ page.


1. Buy a desktop program like iBarcoder for PC and MAC (<$50) or a program like those offered by ID Automation.

2. Buy custom labels from a label printer like ImageTek ($150 for 1,500 labels) or MetalCraft, a specialist in asset labels (ask for Terry Moritz Note: there are many excellent label printers globally – ideally look for ones that can print variable data QR codes or Code 128 barcodes as they are the best for scanning.

3. Buy a label printer desktop or portable label printer from companies like Dymo. They have PC/MAC connected printers like the LabelWriter 450 and mobile Rhino Industrial 4200 and similar models. These devices can print Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes. We would recommend Code 128.

4. Buy our pre-printed labels with database ($49.95 for 1,000 labels).

5. Buy variable data plastic cards with barcodes printed by suppliers like Plastic Printers costing roughly $0.50 to $2.50 per card depending on volume and type. Embedded RFID/NFC chips are also available.

6. Buy wristbands with QR codes, barcodes or RFID/NFC chips from suppliers like ID & C. They supply wristbands for large and small events alike, including some of the world’s largest festivals.

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