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GS1 Data Matrix

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GS1 Data Matrix is a variant of the Data Matrix symbology that conforms to GS1 specifications.


Refer to the GS1 General Specification for more details.

Add the Bar Code to a Report

  1. Drag the XRBarCode item from the DX.24.1: Report Controls tab and drop it onto the report.

    Add the XBarCode item to the Report

  2. Set the XRBarCode control’s Symbology property to DataMatrixGS1 (an object of the DataMatrixGS1Generator type).

    Specify the Symbology for the Barcode

  3. Specify common barcode properties and properties specific to GS1 Data Matrix.

Specific Properties

  • AutoModule

    Gets or sets whether the Module property value should be calculated automatically based on the barcode size.

  • FNC1Substitute

    Specifies the symbol (or set of symbols) in the bar code’s text that will be replaced with the FNC1 functional character when the bar code’s bars are drawn.

  • HumanReadableText

    Specifies whether or not parentheses should be included in the bar code’s text.

Runtime Example

The following code creates the GS1- Data Matrix barcode and specifies its properties.

View Example: How to add a bar code to a report

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Drawing.Printing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraPrinting.BarCode;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
// ...
public XRBarCode CreateDataMatrixGS1BarCode(string BarCodeText) {
    // Create a barcode control.
    XRBarCode barCode = new XRBarCode();

    // Set the barcode's type to Data Matrix GS1.
    barCode.Symbology = new DataMatrixGS1Generator();

    // Adjust the barcode's main properties.
    barCode.AutoModule = true;
    barCode.Text = BarCodeText;
    barCode.ShowText = true;
    barCode.Width = 200;
    barCode.Height = 200;

    // Adjust the properties specific to the barcode type.
    // (Assigned below are the default values.)
    ((DataMatrixGS1Generator)barCode.Symbology).FNC1Substitute = "#";
    ((DataMatrixGS1Generator)barCode.Symbology).HumanReadableText = true;
    ((DataMatrixGS1Generator)barCode.Symbology).MatrixSize = DataMatrixSize.MatrixAuto;

    return barCode;

The code example below shows how to create a report with the GS1- Data Matrix barcode:

using DevExpress.XtraPrinting.BarCode;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;

var barCode = CreateDataMatrixGS1BarCode("012345678");

var report = new XtraReport() {
    Bands = {
        new DetailBand() {
            Controls = { barCode }