A Code 39 barcode font by inFlow Inventory [Updated Feb 2020]
We previously wrote about a free barcode font that many of you downloaded and have been working with for your business. However, we received your feedback that the the free font wasn’t as useful it could be, since it produced barcodes that were only machine readable (not human readable).
For example, if you turned *GOINFLOW* into a barcode using the old code 39 font, the results would look like the following:
While this barcode works and is perfectly scannable, it may not be as useful as possible. For example, if you printed a bunch of barcode stickers using the old font for many different products, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish them from one another.
This is why we created our very own code 39 barcode font! Using the Archon Code 39 Barcode Font, *GOINFLOW* now looks like this:
Ah, much better! Scanners can read the barcode and people can read the text below it—everybody wins!
While it’s a basic font, it should work for 99% of small businesses looking to implement any sort of internal barcode system. The font supports:
- letters A-Z (in caps)
- numbers 0-9
- characters (asterisk, dash and a period)
We also stress-tested the font and it seems size 24 is the minimum font size to ensure your codes will be readable when using a basic inkjet printer. We did notice, however, some codes could be read even when printed at size 16.
Just as a reminder, for your codes to work with a scanner, you have to include the * characters at the beginning and end of your barcode. This tells the scanner when to start and stop scanning.
It’s also important to note that the * characters will not appear after you’ve scanned your code. So scanning *GOINFLOW* will output the text GOINFLOW. You can even try this for yourself by printing the following out:
Where can I download the Code 39 font?
How do I install the Code 39 font?
It’s really simple to install a font in Windows 7, 8, or 10. Simply double click the font file after you download it and click “install” on the next window that pops up. You can also try right clicking the “Archon Code 39 Barcode.ttf” font file and select the install option right from that menu.
The font will be ready to use in all your programs including Microsoft Word and Excel. You usually don’t have to restart any programs or even the computer for that matter.
For other versions of Windows, you can install the font by placing the “Archon Code 39 Barcode.ttf” file in your fonts folder. This is usually under C:WindowsFonts or C:WINNTFonts (can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts).
For OS X 10.3 or above, all you need to do is double click the font file and click the “install font” button at the bottom of the preview.
Just like Windows, you can also place the Font file in your fonts directory. For macOS, you can place the font file under /Library/Fonts (for all users), or into /Users/Your_username/Library/Fonts (for you only).
Code 39 Fonts in Use
For more information on on how to use a Code 39 such as this, you can see our original free barcode post here.
If you’re looking for more detailed information on how to set up a complete barcoding system for your business, you can also download Barcode Your Small Business from Amazon.com.
Need a barcode scanner to go with your barcode font?
We now sell barcode scanners! The inFlow Smart Scanner runs Android and has a built-in laser scanner that’s perfect for use in any environment. It’ll scan almost all 1D barcodes such as UPCs, EANs, Code 3 of 9, Code 128 and much more.
Need software that can take full advantage of your barcode scanner?
We’ve been making inventory software for over a decade, and we’ve helped thousands of small businesses get a handle on their inventory.
In fact, we made a quick video to show you just how easy it is to generate and print barcodes for your business with inFlow: