Using the barcode field in Airtable
  • 03 Aug 2023
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Using the barcode field in Airtable

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Article Summary

The barcode field type allows you to use the camera on your iOS or Android device to scan barcodes and QR codes.


Plan availabilityAll plan types/levels  
Platform(s)iOS and Android apps 
Related reading

Supported field types in Airtable overview 

Creating a barcode field

To create a barcode field
  1. Open your Airtable mobile app.
  2. Open or create a base.
  3. Tap a non-primary field and select Customize field
  4. Tap the down-arrow under FIELD TYPE
  5. Select Barcode and then tap Save

Using the barcode field

If this is your first time using your mobile device's camera to scan a barcode, then you will need to allow the Airtable mobile app access to your phone's camera. 
To scan a barcode
  1. Open your Airtable mobile app.
  2. Open or create a base.
  3. Select your preferred record in the barcode field.
  4. Move around your device to center the barcode within the green guide marks. When the scanner detects a barcode, it automatically fills in the field.
Alternatively, you can enter the barcode manually using your keyboard. Tap the keyboard icon from the scanner menu to bring up the keyboard

Supported barcode types

Barcode types supported in Airtable
  • UPCE
  • Code39
  • EAN13
  • EAN8
  • Code93
  • Code128
  • PDF417 (Macro)
  • PDF417
  • QR (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji)
  • Aztec
  • Code39Mod43
  • Interleaved2of5
  • ITF14
  • DataMatrix
  • Semacode
  • UPC-A 1D

Searching by barcode

To search by barcode
  1. Tap the search icon from within your base.
  2. Tap the barcode scanning icon.
    1. After scanning the barcode, the search function will open the associated record.


How do scanned barcodes appear on the web/browser version of Airtable?

Although you cannot scan barcodes directly into the web app, any barcodes scanned through the mobile version will appear in the web version of Airtable and can be altered manually.

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