The ean-8 bar code type is used to identify retail products on small packages where an ean-13 bar code would not fit.

Note: The ean-8 and gs1-8 bar codes are synonymous. The gs1-8 synonym can be used for the ean-8 bar code.

The code represents a 8 digit decimal number. First two digits select the country. The last digit is the check character. The check character is calculated the same way as the ean 13 check sum.

The rightmost digit (checksum digit) can be omitted. When the system is supplied with such a 7 digit value then the 8th digit is automatically calculated by the system.

The nominal size is 26.73mm x 21.64mm (w x h). The bar code area has the measurements 22.11mm x 19.88mm. The left padding measures 2.31mm.