OCR-B Overview

OCR-B Sample Barcode

OCR-B is another monospaced font developed in 1968. It is used by a scanner-reader and it shares that purpose with OCR-A.

How to scan OCR and travel documents (EN)

Supported Host Device


Products that Support OCR-B

(This barcode is enabled by default)

Supported Business Application:


Partner Applications

Applications integrated with Socket Mobile's Capture SDK.


Verify with your application provider that Socket Mobile's latest Capture SDK was implemented in your app. See the latest Capture SDK version.

See complete list of business applications.

Non-Capture SDK Applications

Applications that are not integrated with Socket Mobile's Capture SDK




OCR-B is supported on D740, D745, D755, D760, D860, DS860, S740, and S860 Socket Mobile barcode scanners. You can enable or disable this symbology on your Socket Mobile scanner simply by scanning the codes below. 

Note: Scanner must be in a disconnected state before scanning the command barcode.

Note: D740, D745, and S740 supports OCR symbologies if your scanner has a Green scan LED.

Enable OCR-B by scanning the barcode below*:

Enable OCR-B Barcode

Disable OCR-B by scanning the barcode below*:

Disable OCR-B Barcode

See the full programming guide for more info and troubleshooting.
* D750 requires separate enable/disable command barcodes found in the programming guide.

Troubleshooting / FAQ


Q: What is the typical usage of OCR-B?

A: Travel Documents, Passport

Q: How to read Passport only?

A: Need answer

Q: How to read 2 lines only?

A: Need answer

Q: Need more help?

A: Go here for additional barcode troubleshooting and FAQs.