UPC-A Barcode Format

Universal Product Code UPC-A barcodes contain a strip of scannable bars and a 12 digit numerical code. Numbers may only be used for this code, UPC-A barcodes do not include letters or other characters. They are widely used in supermarkets and on books and other periodicals.

In the United States, new UPC codes must be requested from the nonprofit group GS1.

Sample UPC-A barcode made by Barcode Generator

In UPC-A codes:

  • The first number details the UPC’s number system;
  • The following five numbers are the manufacturing code;
  • Five more numbers serve as the product code; and
  • A single number at the end of the sequence serves as the check digit.
  • The check digit is used to ensure that the barcode has been read correctly.

UPC-A is somewhat similar to the EAN-13 code system, and UPC-A code can be read by any machine that can read EAN-13. The bars in UPC and EAN codes often appear similar and follow similar patterns. The only difference is where the readable digits are located. UPC code has been widely used since 1974 and cannot be translated into EAN code.

UPC-A Barcodes Support in Barcode Generator

Universal product code barcodes are fully supported by Barcode Generator.

Universal Product Code barcode edited in Barcode Generator

Standard UPC-A features that are supported by the Barcode Software include:

  • Optional +2 and +5 add-on support;
  • Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) verification and correction;
  • Barcode scale;
  • Add-on text justification;
  • Optional light margin indicators;
  • Configurable add-on distance;
  • Adjustable bars width for printing errors compensation;
  • Manual and automatic bar height modes;
  • Text font customization; and
  • Customizable front and back colors with spot color support for EPS file export.

Exporting UPC-A Barcodes

UPC-A barcodes can be exported as PNG or TIFF files with Barcode Generator. These exports will have print-quality dots-per-inch.

Codes made with Barcode Generator may also be dragged directly into Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as vector objects for better quality.

Other Barcode Formats

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