Adding GS, RS, EOT and other special characters to bar codes with ZebraDesigner Software

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Many special characters can be added to different bar code symbologies using ZebraDesigner OR ZebraDesigner Pro software. Use an ASCII Chart for a list of special characters with their Decimal and Hex values. 

Applies To

ZebraDesigner Version 2 Software Applications and ZPL Programming Language
Excludes: 2824 Series, 2844 Series, S4M (E53 Firmware Version), 888 DD/TT Series, MZ Series, ZQ110, EM220, EM220II


Knowledge of the requirements of your barcode as well as ZPL Programming Knowledge or ZebraDesigner Software installed.


For ZebraDesigner for mySAP and ZebraDesigner for XML where the data is variable and not fixed the characters must be part of the data stream. Since these are only supported with ZPL printers, here are ZPL examples for a Code 128 bar code (Start Code A is required) and a Data Matrix bar code. 

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Examples would both scan as:   123GS456RS789EOT
For additional details on the correct ZPL, see the ZPL Programming Guide available for download from

Helpful Information

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