ITF-14 Specifications

Below are the ITF-14 Specifications in millimetres. This page shows the officially allowed sizes of your ITF-14 Barcode on your carton, according to the ISO/IEC 16390 standard.









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.

Measurements (in millimetres)

MagnificationX-DimensionWidthBar HeightQuiet Zones















  • 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 Ratio – this 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 Zones – Area of white space on either side of the bars. It is best to allow more space for the quiet zones than the minimum in case of ink spread.


Why buy from us?

If you need barcode packages (with the images, certificate of authenticity & registration), please use the following links: EAN-13 Barcodes PackageUPC-A Barcodes PackageCD Barcodes Package, DVD Barcodes Package, ISBN Book Barcodes Package and ISSN Magazine Barcodes Package.

We also recommend you to register free your product info in IBNREG – International Barcodes Network Registry, which will allow your customers to find the product info before buying it, by scanning the barcode with the Zebra Barcode Scanner application, available for iOS and Android.

Feel free to make contact if you have any questions.