EAN 13 (European Article Number 13) is a linear barcode symbology
enhanced from UPC A barcode. EAN 13 encodes 12 numbers
along with a check digit and developed by International
Article Numbering Association (EAN) in Europe.
EAN 13 designates with other popular
names including European Article Number 13, EAN-13
Supplement 2/Two-digit Add-On EAN-13 Supplement
5/Five-digit Add-On, EAN-13+5, EAN13, EAN13+5, EAN13+2,
UPC-13, GTIN-13, GS1-13, EAN/UCC-13, EAN-13+2 and
Character set of EAN 13 Barcode
EAN 13 barcode symbology has subsequent elements:
- Numbers (0-7).
- One check digit.
Structure of EAN 13 Barcode
EAN 13 structure comprises of the following parts:
1. Number System
Number System is used to represent
first two digits so as to recognize the country/region
numbering authority. EAN organization is responsible for
maintaining list of number system.
2. Manufacturer Code
Numbering authority assigns
Manufacturer code to each manufacturer signified by the
number system code. Same manufacturer code is utilized
by all item for consumptions produced by a particular
3. Product Code
Manufacturer assigns Product code
which is instantaneously followed by manufacturer code.
The complete length of manufacturer code together with
product code necessity be precise 10 digits.
4. Check Digit
Check digit is used to check whether
barcode is correctly generated or not. It is calculated
based on remaining barcode digits.
EAN 13 Barcode
Used to represent the serial number on books, periodicals and products
such as food (designating selling price etc).
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