EAN/JAN-8 Overview

EAN 8 Barcode

EAN/JAN-8 is a EAN/UPC barcode and is derived from the longer International Article Number (EAN-13) code. It was introduced for use on small packages where an EAN-13 barcode would be too large; for example on cigarettes, pencils, and chewing gum packets. It is encoded identically to the 12 digits of the UPC-A barcode, except that it has 4 (rather than 6) digits in each of the left and right halves.

How to scan 1D and 2D barcodes (EN)

Supported Host Device


Supported Business Applications:

Partner Applications

Applications integrated with Socket Mobile's CaptureSDK.


Verify with your application provider that Socket Mobile's latest CaptureSDK was implemented in your app. See the latest CaptureSDK version.

See complete list of business applications.

Non-CaptureSDK Applications

Applications that are not integrated with Socket Mobile's CaptureSDK:



EAN/JAN-8 is supported by default on all Socket Mobile barcode scanners. You can enable or disable this symbology on your Socket Mobile scanner simply by scanning the codes below.  Note: Scanner must be in a disconnected state before scanning the command barcode.

Enable EAN/JAN-8 by scanning the barcode below*:

EAN-8 Enable

Disable EAN/JAN-8 by scanning the barcode below*:

EAN-8 Disable

See the full programming guide for more info and troubleshooting.
* D750 requires separate enable/disable command barcodes found in the programming guide.

Troubleshooting / FAQ

Q: What is the typical usage of EAN/JAN-8?

A: Retail point of sale

 How to convert EAN-8 to EAN-13? 

A: App coming soon, please fill out a barcode support form.

Q: How to remove the check digit?

A: App coming soon, please fill out a barcode support form.

Q: Do you need help creating this barcode?

A: Socket Mobile recommends this free barcode generator: https://barcode.tec-it.com/ Opens new site 

Q: Need more help?

A: Go here for additional barcode troubleshooting and FAQs.