How to Draw BarCode in PDF – VB.NET


Barcode is one kind of graphic identifier, formed with different width black bars and blanks. It is widely used in our daily life, for example, each product in supermarket has a barcode. Through barcode, we can get much information about one product, such as production date, category, price and so on.

In this post, I will show how to draw barcode in a PDF document by using VB.NET.


In my example, I will draw four kinds of barcodes. Because Spire.PDF is used, so the code below graphic should fit with format which this component provides, for example, 00:12-3456/7890 is allowed, while (00)1234(56)7890 not allowed.

Note: before starting with steps, please add Spire.PDF dll file as reference if you want to use the following code.


  1. Create a PDF document and then set its margin.
  2. Add one new page to draw barcode. Then, set font style which will be used in the following steps.
  3. Draw barcode. There are four kinds are drawn. Firstly, set cue words font style and location. Secondly, draw first barcode, including height between code and bars, text display location and text color. The other barcode is drawn same as the first one, but code format is different. Also, when drawing first barcode, I enable check digit and show it. Thirdly, set location distance between the first barcode and the second one.
  4. Save and launch file.

Main Coding

Imports System.Drawing

Imports Spire.Pdf

Imports Spire.Pdf.Graphics

Imports Spire.Pdf.Barcode

Module Barcode

    Sub Main()


        'Create PDF

        Dim doc As New PdfDocument()



        Dim unitCvtr As New PdfUnitConvertor()

        Dim margin As New PdfMargins()

        margin.Top = unitCvtr.ConvertUnits(2.54F, PdfGraphicsUnit.Centimeter, PdfGraphicsUnit.Point)

        margin.Bottom = margin.Top

        margin.Left = unitCvtr.ConvertUnits(3.17F, PdfGraphicsUnit.Centimeter, PdfGraphicsUnit.Point)

        margin.Right = margin.Left


        Dim section As PdfSection = doc.Sections.Add()

        section.PageSettings.Margins = margin

        section.PageSettings.Size = PdfPageSize.A4


        'Add Page

        Dim page As PdfPageBase = section.Pages.Add()

        Dim y As Single = 20

        Dim brush1 As PdfBrush = PdfBrushes.DarkCyan

        Dim font1 As New PdfTrueTypeFont(New Font("Calibri", 12.0F, FontStyle.Regular), True)

        Dim rctg As New RectangleF(New PointF(0, 0), page.Canvas.ClientSize)


        'Draw BarCode

        Dim text As New PdfTextWidget()

        text.Font = font1

        text.Brush = brush1

        text.Text = "BarCode-1:"

        Dim result As PdfLayoutResult = text.Draw(page, 0, y)

        page = result.Page

        y = result.Bounds.Bottom + 2

        Dim barcode1 As New PdfCodabarBarcode("00:329-061106")

        barcode1.BarcodeToTextGapHeight = 1.0F

        barcode1.EnableCheckDigit = True

        barcode1.ShowCheckDigit = True

        barcode1.TextDisplayLocation = TextLocation.Bottom

        barcode1.TextColor = Color.DarkOrange

        barcode1.Draw(page, New PointF(0, y))

        y = barcode1.Bounds.Bottom + 5


        text.Text = "BarCode-2"

        result = text.Draw(page, 0, y)

        page = result.Page

        y = result.Bounds.Bottom + 2

        Dim barcode2 As New PdfCode11Barcode("001-420160")

        barcode2.BarcodeToTextGapHeight = 1.0F

        barcode2.TextDisplayLocation = TextLocation.Bottom

        barcode2.TextColor = Color.DarkOrange

        barcode2.Draw(page, New PointF(0, y))

        y = barcode2.Bounds.Bottom + 5


        text.Text = "BarCode-3"

        result = text.Draw(page, 0, y)

        page = result.Page

        y = result.Bounds.Bottom + 2

        Dim barcode3 As New PdfCode39Barcode("25-41061990257")

        barcode3.BarcodeToTextGapHeight = 1.0F

        barcode3.TextDisplayLocation = TextLocation.Bottom

        barcode3.TextColor = Color.DarkOrange

        barcode3.Draw(page, New PointF(0, y))

        y = barcode3.Bounds.Bottom + 5


        text.Text = "BarCode-4"

        result = text.Draw(page, 0, y)

        page = result.Page

        y = result.Bounds.Bottom + 2

        Dim barcode4 As New PdfCode32Barcode("30026901")

        barcode4.BarcodeToTextGapHeight = 1.0F

        barcode4.TextDisplayLocation = TextLocation.Bottom

        barcode4.TextColor = Color.DarkOrange

        barcode4.Draw(page, New PointF(0, y))

        y = barcode4.Bounds.Bottom + 5






    End Sub


Result Shown by Following


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Author: janewdaisy

.NET Program Beginner. Share methods about how to use C#/VB.NET to export data, operate Word, Excel, PDF and other useful skills.

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