SwiftGS1Barcode 0.5.5

SwiftGS1Barcode 0.5.5

LangLanguage SwiftSwift
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Sep 2021
SPMSupports SPM

Maintained by Toni Hoffmann.

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  • Toni Hoffmann


A GS1 Barcode Library and Parser written in Swift

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A Library to parse GS1 Barcode strings into a object and allows an easy access to the properties that a GS1 Barcode can have.
Supported is a large set of common Application Identifiers (GS1 Barcodes), but it can be easily extended on the fly to support any identifier needed.

Contributions are most welcome.

You can also find this project on CocoaPods or can use Swift Package Manager.

Getting started

Parsing is as simple as

import SwiftGS1Barcode
// ...
let gs1Barcode = "01101234670417283002\u{1D}1721103110S123456"
let barcode = GS1Barcode(raw: gs1Barcode)
barcode.validate() // To check if you barcode is valid

print(barcode.gtin) // 10123467041728
print(barcode.countOfItems) // 2
print(barcode.expirationDate) // 31.10.2021
print(barcode.lotNumber) // S123456

Advanced Usage

To seperate the parsing from initializing I'd recommend a code like

import SwiftGS1Barcode
// ...
let gs1BarcodeText = "01101234670417283002\u{1D}1721103110S123456"
let barcode = GS1Barcode()
barcode.raw = gs1BarcodeText
_ = barcode.parse()

To parse custom Application Identifiers use the following code

import SwiftGS1Barcode
// ...
let gs1BarcodeText = "90HelloWorld\u{1D}01101234670417283002\u{1D}1721103110S123456"
let barcode = GS1Barcode()
barcode.applicationIdentifiers["custom1"] = GS1ApplicationIdentifier("90", length: 30, type: .String, dynamicLength: true)
barcode.raw = gs1BarcodeText
_ = barcode.parse()

To see some samples, of how to set up Application Identifiers check out the GS1Barcode Class

Available Properties

The following properties are currently supported:

ID Application Identifier Experimental Support
00 serialShippingContainerCode
01 gtin
02 gtinOfContainedTradeItems
10 lotNumber (batchNumber)
11 productionDate
12 dueDate
13 packagingDate
15 bestBeforeDate
17 expirationDate
20 productVariant
21 serialNumber
22 secondaryDataFields
30 countOfItems
37 numberOfUnitsContained
310 productWeightInKG
23n lotNumberN Yes
240 additionalProductIdentification Yes
241 customerPartNumber Yes
242 madeToOrderVariationNumber Yes
250 secondarySerialNumber Yes
251 referenceToSourceEntity Yes

Experimental Support means that these are getting parsed, but there are no getter for this. You can get the value by calling e.g. myGs1Barcode.applicationIdentifiers["additionalProductIdentification"]. Also the implementation can change if any parsing issues come up.

You can add custom application identifiers by adding them to the key / value dictionary:

let barcode = GS1Barcode()
barcode.applicationIdentifiers["custom1"] = GS1ApplicationIdentifier("90", length: 30, type: .String, dynamicLength: true)

They'll automatically get parsed by the parse() function.
You can also simply contribute by yourself and add them to the GS1BarcodeParser.swift class, or open an issue if there is something missing for you.


Swift Package Manager (recommended)

Open your project and Xcode and click File -> Swift Packages -> Add Package Dependency and enter [email protected]:xremix/SwiftGS1Barcode.git


You can install the library to your project by using CocoaPods. Add the following code to your Podfile:

platform :ios, '8.0'

target 'MyApp' do
	pod 'SwiftGS1Barcode'

Alternative you can also add the direct Github source (or a different branch):

platform :ios, '8.0'

target 'MyApp' do
	pod 'SwiftGS1Barcode', :git => 'https://github.com/xremix/SwiftGS1Barcode', :branch => 'master'


You can add the project as a git submodule. Simply drag the SwiftGS1Barcode.xcodeproj file into your Xcode project.
Don't forget to add the framework in your application target


A couple of resources, used for this project.

GS1 parsing

https://www.gs1.org/docs/barcodes/GS1_General_Specifications.pdf https://www.activebarcode.de/codes/ean128_ucc128_ai.html https://www.gs1.at/fileadmin/user_upload/Liste_GS1_Austria_Application_Identifier.pdf