Zebra Printer Chinese SimSun font

Article ID: 34494335

Issue / Question

Information about SimSun font offered by Zebra for printers.

What is the SimSun font?

How can I print Chinese characters?

How can I see the SimSun font is loaded in my printer?

Applicable To

ZPL base desktop and tabletop printers

Resolution / Answer

The SimSun font is a Chinese (Simplified) font base on 宋体 (Song typeface) font, using GB18030 or Unicode character encoding.
It is used in conjunction with ZPL (printer command language) to print Chinese characters with Zebra printers.
This font cannot be purchased from Zebra, and printers cannot be upgraded with this font in the field.

The printer models with a China (CN) power cord configuration have been loaded with SimSun font by default.
The GB18030 character set (GB18030.DAT encoding table) is also loaded in some printer configurations.
Ensure the font file and encoding table are preloaded before you attempt to print in Chinese. 

The following are ways to identify the fonts installed on your Zebra printer.

NOTE Kindly consult your printer’s User Guide for further details.  


  1. From the printer’s Control Panel menu, print the font list.  

  2. Print the object list

  3. Send the ZPL command to the printer to print out the objects in the printer’s internal flash memory. 

Here is a sample ZPL script to use the SimSun font and GB18030 character set for printing Chinese characters. If your printer preloaded SIMSUN.FNT, do change the script to match your font file:


If the printer does not preload the encoding table, a similar result can be achieved using Unicode character encoding.
Here is a sample ZPL script using UTF-8 encoding:



+ Applicable Products

  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
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  • 110Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 140Xi4
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  • 170Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 220Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 2824 Plus Series
  • 2824-Z Series
  • G-Series GC Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GK Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GX Desktop Printers
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  • GC420d Desktop Printer
  • GC420t Desktop Printer
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  • GK420d Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK420e
  • GK420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK888 Desktop Printer
  • GK888d
  • GK888t
  • GT800 Desktop Printer
  • GX420Rx Desktop Printer
  • GX420d Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Product Printers
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • LP 2824 Plus Desktop Printer
  • S4M
  • S4M Series
  • TLP 2824Plus Desktop Printer
  • Xi Series Industrial Printers
  • Z Series Industrial Printers
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  • ZD410 Series
  • ZD410-HC
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420 Series
  • ZD420-D-T
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  • ZD420C
  • ZD420D
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  • ZD420T
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  • ZD600-HC
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  • ZD620-D-T
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