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EAN 13 Barcode

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 others.

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 company.

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.

Applications of 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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