PDF417 Barcode

This Symbology is also known as Portable Data File 417, PDF 417, PDF417 Truncated

PDF417, or Portable Data File 417, is a two-dimensional (2D) stacked barcode symbology capable of encoding over a kilobyte of data per label. It was developed by Symbol Technologies (1989-1992) and is currently maintained by ISO/IEC.
Large amounts of text and data can be stored securely and inexpensively when using the PDF417 symbology. The printed symbol consists of several linear rows of stacked codewords. Each codeword represents 1 of 929 possible values from one of three different clusters. A different cluster is chosen for each row, repeating after every three rows.

The data is encoded using one of three compaction modes: Text compaction mode, Binary compaction mode, and Numeric compaction mode.
Barcode Professional products support the following PDF417 Compaction modes:
PDF417 Error Correction Level
PDF417 uses Reed Solomon error correction instead of check digits. This error correction allows the symbol to withstand some damage without causing loss of data. The error correction levels range from 0 to 8. The recommend minimum error correction level is 2.
Compact PDF417
Barcode Professional products support Compact PDF417 (formerly Truncated PDF417) version which omits the right-hand portion (right row indicator & stop pattern) in order to save space. Please refer to Compact PDF417 Symbology for further details.

Sample of a PDF417 Barcode

How to create PDF417 barcodes using Barcode Professional

Note: Please refer to the Class Reference documentation for more information about the properties and methods stated in this document.
In order to get a PDF417 barcode image, please follow these steps:
Example of a PDF417 barcode image
Code property = 123456789 and Pdf417CompactionType property = Auto will produce the following barcode image:
Code property = 123456789 and Pdf417CompactionType property = Auto and Pdf417Truncated property = True will produce the following barcode image: