EAN 13

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EAN-13

EAN-13 is an extension of the UPC-A barcode symbology that usually carries a GTIN-13. It was designed by the International Article Numbering Association in 1976 for identification of retail goods at point of sale outside of the US.

Also known as: EAN, UCC-13, European Article Number, International Article Number, JAN, JAN-13.

Variants:

  • EAN-13+2 is an extension of EAN-13 that includes a two-digit add-on.
  • EAN-13+5 is an extension of EAN-13 that includes a five-digit add-on.
  • EAN-99 is a special form of EAN-13 starting with 99 that is used as an in-store coupon.
  • EAN-8 is a barcode symbology derived from EAN-13 that is designed for small packaging.
  • ISBN is a variant of EAN-13 used to identify books.
  • ISMN is a variant of EAN-13 used to identify printed music.
  • ISSN is a variant of EAN-13 used to identify periodicals.
  • EAN-13 Composite is a variant of EAN-13 that should be used when a CC-A or CC-B GS1 Composite 2D component is required.

Standards: ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications.

Data and Options

  • The data field for a EAN-13 may contain twelve or thirteen digits, optionally followed by a space then two or five digits if an EAN-2 or EAN-5 add-on is required.
  • If twelve digits of primary data are supplied then the check digit is calculated automatically. Otherwise the provided check digit must be correct.
  • The includetext option should normally be supplied.
  • The guardwhitespace option enables the display of whitespace guard marks.

Examples

Identical symbols, input provided with and without a check digit:

0 0 moveto (9771473968012) (includetext guardwhitespace)
/ean13 /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec
0 0 moveto (977147396801) (includetext guardwhitespace)
/ean13 /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec

A symbol that includes a five-digit add-on:

0 0 moveto (9771473968012 54499) (includetext guardwhitespace)
/ean13 /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec