For purchasing various types of barcode images please see the links below:
(EAN-13) – Images for retail barcodes.
(UPC-A) – Images for retail barcodes.
ITF-14 Carton codes – Images for Cartons or Boxes, which hold retail products.
NOTE ITF14 carton barcodes are used for boxes which are for transport and storage and are NOT sold complete at the retail level. If the carton is sold complete at the retail level, it needs a Retail Barcode Image
ISBN – book barcodes
ISSN – magazine barcodes
QR Codes – Quick Response (QR) Codes are the 2D Barcodes seen commonly on business cards and signs. The primary use for these is to automatically link people to website URL’s when they scan the QR Code with a cell phone app scanner however they can also be used to create VCards and VCal events whereupon scanning the barcode with their cellphone the person will be prompted to either add the encoded contact information to their phone or add the encoded event. Please see our QR Codes page for more details on these.
Please follow the links below for instruction on obtaining the relevant barcodes.
EAN-13 Barcodes – For retail products outside of the USA and Canada
International Article Numbers, formerly EAN (European Article Numbers) comprise 13-digits. They are used worldwide on all retail products excluding books and magazines. They are the most widely used barcodes globally with the exception of in the USA and Canada where UPC-A(Universal Product Codes) barcodes are more common. Each EAN-13 is product-specific and encoded into a barcode image. This means that when the barcode is scanned into store systems, price and inventory data related to your product is recorded. A different EAN-13 number, therefore, is required for each unique product.
UPC-A Barcodes – For products selling in the USA and Canada
12-digit UPC Barcodes are used predominantly in the USA and Canada on all retail products, with the exception of books and magazines
ITF-14 Barcodes – For carton and box of your products
ITF-14 Carton Codes are created from EAN-13 and UPC-A barcodes. They are only used in warehouses on cartons containing a specific quantity of the item that the product barcode represents. They should not be used for any products that are for sale individually at a retail level.
ISBN Book Barcodes – For book
International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) are barcodes for both hard copy and e-books. ISBNs usually start with 978 and are distributed by ISBN agencies in each country (seeisbninternational.org/agency). They can also be obtained through independent publishing agencies such as asbookisbn.org.uk, used for self-publishing authors.
Note: Crossword, puzzle and colouring books are not published books so do not use ISBN barcodes. They use standard retail barcodes (EAN or UPC).
ISSN Magazine Barcodes – For magazine
An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique 8-digit number used to identify periodical publications such as magazines and journals. They can be applied for at issn.org/services/requesting-an-issn.
Only apply for an ISSN if your publications meet the following criteria:
- They are serials (journals, newspapers, magazines, monographic series etc.)
- They are ongoing integrating resources (websites, databases etc.)
QR-code – for the name card, advertising and invitation card
Code-128 & Code-39 – Both of these formats are used for asset tracking. In each case, a sequence of numbers is created (i.e. 0001-1000). The barcodes can then be used on things like library cards, gym membership cards or in large businesses for keeping track of assets.
Code-39 can encode alpha-numeric characters (letters and numbers) whereas code-128 can only encode numbers. However, Code-128 can encode a larger amount of information in a small barcode number. Therefore if there is little space on your products then code-128 may be the better option.
Most barcode scanners can read both easily however some have difficulty with code-39 if it has letters encoded.