UPC / EAN Barcodes in LEADTOOLS

The Universal Product Code (UPC) and European Article Number (EAN) barcodes are two of the most widely adopted and longstanding barcode symbologies. They are in use throughout the world for identifying products at points of sale for retail applications. There are several variants supporting different sizes and densities, which can therefore be used for virtually any retail application. These barcodes are practical in a wide range of applications from uses in large warehouses with massive inventories to specialty shops dealing with small items and limited space for attaching barcodes.

LEADTOOLS UPC / EAN Barcode SDK Symbols

UPC-A

Sample barcode:

UPC-A is the most widely used barcode in the United States as it is used extensively to identify consumer goods. UPC-A barcodes consist of 4 parts: number system, manufacturer code, product code and a check digit. The number system is the number to the left and outside of the bars. The manufacturer code is the group of 5 digits on the left. The product code is the group of 5 digits on the right. The check digit is the number to the right and outside of the bars.

Leadtools.Barcode support:

LEADTOOLS symbology identifier

BarcodeSymbology.UPCA

Data class

BarcodeData

Read options

OneDBarcodeReadOptions

Write options

OneDBarcodeWriteOptions

UPC-E

Sample barcode:

The UPC-E symbol is a compressed version of the UPC-A symbol and is generally used anywhere a UPC-A symbol will not fit. The compression algorithm removes unneeded zeroes from the underlying data structure effectively converting 10 characters into 6.

Leadtools.Barcode support:

LEADTOOLS symbology identifier

BarcodeSymbology.UPCE

Data class

BarcodeData

Read options

OneDBarcodeReadOptions

Write options

OneDBarcodeWriteOptions

EAN / UCC-13

Sample Barcode:

The EAN/UCC-13 symbol is used internationally to identify consumer goods. It is based on the UPC-A symbol with one difference. The numbering system in UPC-A can only be one digit, 0-9; whereas, the EAN-13 numbering system consists of two digits, 00-99. The numbering system in EAN-13 is basically a country code. Additionally, because EAN-13 is a superset of UPC-A, meaning EAN-13 barcode readers can also decode UPC-A symbols.

Leadtools.Barcode support:

LEADTOOLS symbology identifier

BarcodeSymbology.EAN13

Data class

BarcodeData

Read options

OneDBarcodeReadOptions

Write options

OneDBarcodeWriteOptions

EAN-13 Data Structures

JAN Codes (Japanese Article Number)

JAN Codes are EAN-13 symbols that use 49 or 45 for the number system or country code. This barcode is used for the majority of products distributed in retail stores in Japan and is compatible with other UPC / EAN codes and supplements.

Leadtools.Barcode support: Same as EAN / UCC-13

Bookland Codes

Bookland Codes are EAN-13 symbols that use the "978" number system and store book ISBN numbers without the ISBN check digit (last digit of the ISBN). For example, the ISBN for "Managing Human Resources" by Bohlander and Snell is 0-324-31463-9. To convert this to a Bookland code, pre-pend "978" to the beginning and drop the ISBN check digit (the last digit) and dashes resulting in 978032431463. Use that number to calculate the EAN-13 check digit which is 2. The final Bookland code is 9780324314632.

Leadtools.Barcode support: Same as EAN / UCC-13

EAN / UCC-8

Sample Barcode:

The EAN/UCC-8 symbol is used internationally to identify consumer goods, but is shorter than EAN-13 symbols. Unlike UPC-E that can be expanded back into a UPC-A symbol, EAN-8 cannot be expanded into an EAN-13 symbol. Manufacturers must request separate EAN-8 and EAN-13 codes from the appropriate numbering authority.

Leadtools.Barcode support:

LEADTOOLS symbology identifier

BarcodeSymbology.EAN8

Data class

BarcodeData

Read options

OneDBarcodeReadOptions

Write options

OneDBarcodeWriteOptions

EAN / UPC Supplementary Extensions

UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13, and EAN-8 symbols may include a supplemental symbol to the right of the main symbol. This additional symbol is not as tall as the main symbol and will contain 2 or 5 characters of data. This supplemental data represents periodical issue number or manufacturer suggested retail pricing up to $99.99.

EAN 2-Digit Supplementary Extension

Sample Barcode:

The EAN 2 Extension represents periodical such as magazine and newspaper issue numbers.

Leadtools.Barcode support:

LEADTOOLS symbology identifier

BarcodeSymbology.EANEXT2

Data class

BarcodeData

Read options

OneDBarcodeReadOptions

Write options

OneDBarcodeWriteOptions

EAN 5-Digit Supplementary Extensions

Sample Barcode:

The EAN 5 extension represents the suggested retail price of books. The first digit represents the currency. The remaining 4 digits is the amount. For example "57500" indicates a suggested retail price of $75.00.

Leadtools.Barcode support:

LEADTOOLS symbology identifier

BarcodeSymbology.EANEXT5

Data class

BarcodeData

Read options

OneDBarcodeReadOptions

Write options

OneDBarcodeWriteOptions
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