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Full EDI Reference for X12 and EDIFACT

EDI Reference offers free online documentation of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards: X12 and EDIFACT. Full text search will help you navigate through the material and find exactly what you need.

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Historically, EDI documentation has been hidden behind paywalls, user licenses, or completely out of reach for most EDI specialists. With EDI Reference, it’s fast, interactive and completely free.

EDI Reference

Complete support for ANSI X12

Documentation for every Transaction Set, Segment, and Element for every X12 release, across all industries.

Complete support for EDIFACT

Documentation for every Message Type, Segment, and Element for every EDIFACT version, across all industries.

Fast, full-text search

With full-text search across more than 100,000 pages, find the definitions of any and all EDI codes and qualifiers in seconds.

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If you’re looking for a sample file of any transaction set, click the 'generate sample file' button to view raw EDI in a human-readable format in the Inspector.


EDI Reference runs in the browser, so you don’t need to deal with PDFs that are constantly out of date or incomplete.

Free to use

EDI Reference is completely free to use. Browse the documentation as much and as often as you need. No tricks, no user fees, no licenses.

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What makes EDI so hard?

EDI - Electronic Data Interchange - is an umbrella term for many different “standardized” frameworks for exchanging business-to-business transactions. It dates back to the 1960s and remains a pain point in every commercial industry from supply chain and logistics to healthcare and finance. What makes it so hard? Why is it still an unsolved problem despite many decades of immense usage?

Zack Kanter
Zack Kanter
Founder & CEO
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