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Getting more information from a barcode

Barcode database websites or apps search the internet for information about a particular barcode number. There isn’t one single complete barcode number database. There are multiple online barcode databases. The information found is generally the company name and/or contact details, relevant product information, or even where you can purchase a product.

You can search for any EAN-13 or UPC barcode on various sites or apps (such as the International Barcodes Database, IBNREG, or smartphone apps). If you own a barcode number and no results are found when you run a search, you can register your barcode to ensure your information is displayed when searched.


You can also use the IBREG search function on our site here


Barcode App Tips

Online barcode search tools can be handy for various purposes, from identifying products and comparing prices to managing inventory. Here are some tips to make the most out of these tools:

  1. Understand Barcode Types: There are several types of barcodes, including UPC (Universal Product Codes), EAN (European Article Number), SSCC, code 128, etc. Knowing the type of barcode you’re dealing with can help you choose the most suitable search tool.
  2. Use a Reliable Barcode Scanner App: If you’re using a smartphone, select a well-reviewed barcode scanner app. Some apps offer more than just a search; they provide product information, reviews, and price comparisons.
  3. Check Multiple Sources: Different tools might have varying levels of detail or up-to-date information. It’s wise to check a few to ensure you’re getting accurate and comprehensive data.
  4. Beware of barcode myths: Barcode numbers do not mean origin of product.
  5. Understand the Limitations: Online barcode search tools might not always provide complete information, especially for products that are not widely distributed or are new to the market. Some tools might also have outdated information.
  6. Privacy and Security: When using these tools, especially apps on your smartphone, be mindful of privacy and security. Check what permissions the app requires and what data it collects about you and your searches.

Remember, the effectiveness of a barcode search tool can vary based on what you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re a consumer looking for product information or a business managing inventory, there’s likely a tool out there that meets your needs. Experiment with different options to find what works best for you.