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Symbologies Reference

Point of Sale

GS1 DataBar

Supply Chain

Two-dimensional Symbols

One-dimensional Symbols

Postal Symbols

Pharmaceutical Symbols

Less-used Symbols

GS1 Composite Symbols

Raw Symbols

Partial Symbols

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EAN-8 is derived from the EAN-13 barcode symbology and is designed for small packaging. It usually carries a GTIN-8.

Also known as: UCC-8, JAN-8.


  • EAN-8+2 is an extension of EAN-8 that includes a two-digit add-on.
  • EAN-8+5 is an extension of EAN-8 that includes a five-digit add-on.
  • EAN-Velocity is a special form of EAN-8 starting with 0 that is used for in-store coupons.
  • EAN-13 is a longer variant of EAN-8 which has a distinct number system based on GTIN-13.
  • EAN-8 Composite is a variant of EAN-8 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 takes either seven or eight digits, optionally followed by a space then two or five digits if an EAN-2 or EAN-5 add-on is required.
  • If seven 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 white space guard marks.


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

Data:    01335583
Options: includetext
Encoder: ean8
Data:    0133558
Options: includetext
Encoder: ean8

Truncated with white space guards:

Data:    01335583
Options: includetext height=0.5 guardwhitespace
Encoder: ean8