Description of UPC-A, GTIN-12, UPC-E

UPC-A, GTIN-12, UPC-EThe UPC A code is the standard version of the UPC code and has 12 digits. It is also called UPC 12 and is very similar to the EAN code.

The structure of the UPC A code is as follows:
  • The first digit of the UPC A code says what the code contains:
    0 - normal UPC Code
    1 - reserved
    2 - articles where the price varies by the weight: for example meat. The code is produced in the store and attached to the article.
    3 - National Drug Code (NDC) and National Health Related Items Code (HRI).
    4 - UPC Code which can be used without format limits
    5 - coupon
    6 - normal UPC Code
    7 - normal UPC Code
    8 - reserved
    9 - reserved
  • The next 5 digits show the producer of the article (UPC ID number). This number is issued by the Uniform Code Council (UUC), 7051 Corporate Way - Suite 201, Dayton, OH 45359-4292, USA
  • >The seventh to eleventh digits show the individual article number issued by the producer.
  • The last digit is the check digit. This one is calculated by ActiveBarcode automatically.
The UPC E code is a short version with 8 digits, always starting with a zero. The UPC code is a numeric code which is able to display digits from 0-9. Each character consists of two lines and two spaces.



Technical data

Valid characters: 0123456789
Length: 12 bzw. 8
Check digit: Calculated according to Modulo 10
ActiveBarcode calculates the check digit automatically.
Type#: UPC-A - #05 - CODEUPCA
GTIN-12 - #110 - CODEGTIN12