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EAN-8 Barcode Generation Options

The EAN-8 barcode specification is used in IDAutomation Barcode Fonts, Components and Applications to create an EAN-8 barcode, which is most commonly used to encode 8 digits of the GTIN Barcode.

The 8th digit of EAN-8 is a MOD10 check-digit that is recalculated in all IDAutomation barcode products to reduce scanning errors and may be omitted when encoding data. A 2 or 5 digit add-on may be created by appending the numbers to the end of the 12 or 8 digits that make up the primary symbol. Therefore, a number string of 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 or 13 digits (with or without the check digit and/or add-on) must make up the DataToEncode.

  • Using EAN-8 Barcode Fonts with a font encoder returns text formatted to the EAN-8 specifications.
  • The EAN-8 barcode option in all Components and Applications will produce a readable barcode image.
  • Entering incorrect data may result in a barcode that contains only zeros.

Fig. 1. EAN-8 barcode encoding "12345670" with an add-on of "12345".

  EAN-8 Barcode Encoding "12345670" with Add-on of "12345"

The above EAN-8 barcode was created with the Barcode Image Generator. A free online barcode generator is also available.


The EAN-8 barcode type is easily read and verified with the IDAutomation USB Barcode Scanner.

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