Using barcodes, QR codes and Data Matrix codes are a great way to identify individual items of equipment and search for them quickly and easily in Papertrail.

The Papertrail mobile app has a built-in barcode scanner, making it easy to find your records. You can also connect a scanning device to your computer to use in the web app.

Please note - we recommend that you use barcodes and identifier codes with at least 7 characters, with a mixture of numbers and letters.

What type of identifier codes can I use?

QR codes

Data Matrix codes


The following barcode types are compatible with Papertrail:

  • Code 39

  • Code EAN-8

  • Code EAN-13

  • Code 93

  • Code 128

  • PDF 417

There are lots of tools online that will generate barcodes, QR codes and Data Matrix codes for free, which you can then display on your equipment.

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