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Create standard barcodes with Python. No external modules needed (optional PIL support included).

Project description


This library provides a simple way to create barcodes using only the Python standard lib. The barcodes are created as SVG objects.

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  • Setuptools/distribute for installation.

  • Python 3.5 or above

  • Program to open SVG objects (your browser should do it)

  • Optional: PIL to render barcodes as images (PNG, JPG, …)


The best way is to use pip: pip install python-barcode.

You can also install manually by downloading the tarball, extracting it, and running python install.

Provided Barcodes

  • EAN-8

  • EAN-13

  • EAN-14

  • UPC-A

  • JAN

  • ISBN-10

  • ISBN-13

  • ISSN

  • Code 39

  • Code 128

  • PZN


  • Add documentation

  • Add more codes



>>> import barcode
[u'code39', u'code128', u'ean', u'ean13', u'ean8', u'gs1', u'gtin',
 u'isbn', u'isbn10', u'isbn13', u'issn', u'jan', u'pzn', u'upc', u'upca']
>>> EAN = barcode.get_barcode_class('ean13')
>>> EAN
<class 'barcode.ean.EuropeanArticleNumber13'>
>>> ean = EAN(u'5901234123457')
>>> ean
<barcode.ean.EuropeanArticleNumber13 object at 0x00BE98F0>
>>> fullname ='ean13_barcode')
>>> fullname
# Example with PNG
>>> from barcode.writer import ImageWriter
>>> ean = EAN(u'5901234123457', writer=ImageWriter())
>>> fullname ='ean13_barcode')
# New in v0.4.2
>>> from StringIO import StringIO
>>> fp = StringIO()
>>> ean.write(fp)
# or
>>> f = open('/my/new/file', 'wb')
>>> ean.write(f) # PIL (ImageWriter) produces RAW format here
# New in v0.5.0
>>> from barcode import generate
>>> name = generate('EAN13', u'5901234123457', output='barcode_svg')
>>> name
# with file like object
>>> fp = StringIO()
>>> generate('EAN13', u'5901234123457', writer=ImageWriter(), output=fp)

Now open ean13_barcode.[svg|png] in a graphic app or simply in your browser and see the created barcode. That’s it.


$ pybarcode create "My Text" outfile
New barcode saved as outfile.svg.
$ pybarcode create -t png "My Text" outfile
New barcode saved as outfile.png.

Try `pybarcode -h` for help.



  • Improve README rendering, and point to this fork’s location (the outdated README on PyPI was causing some confusion).


  • First release under the name python-barcode.

Previous Changelog

This project is a fork of pyBarcode, which, apparently, is no longer maintained. v0.8.0 is our first release, and is the latest master from that parent project.


  • Code 128 added.

  • Data for charsets and bars moved to subpackage barcode.charsets.

  • Merged in some improvements.


  • Fixed some issues with fontsize and fontalignment.

  • Added Python 3 support. It’s not well tested yet, but the tests run without errors with Python 3.3. Commandline script added.


  • Changed save and write methods to take the options as a dict not as keyword arguments (fix this in your code). Added option to left align the text under the barcode. Fixed bug with EAN13 generation.


  • Added new generate function to do all generation in one step.

  • Moved writer from a subpackage to a module (this breaks some existing code). UPC is now rendered as real UPC, not as EAN13 with the leading “0”.


  • Fixed bug in new write method (related to PIL) and updated docs.


  • Added write method to support file like objects as target.


  • Bugfix release. Removed redundancy in input validation.

  • EAN8 was broken. It now works as expected.


  • Removed **options from writers __init__ method. These options never had effect. They were always overwritten by default_options.

  • New config option available: text_distance (the distance between barcode and text).


  • Basic documentation included. The barcode object now has a new attribute called raw to have the rendered output without saving to disk.


  • Support for rendering barcodes as images is implemented. PIL is required to use it.


  • Compression for SVG output now works.


  • Writer API has changed for simple adding new (own) writers.

  • SVG output is now generated with xml.dom module instead of stringformatting (makes it more robust).


  • API of render changed. Now render takes keyword arguments instead of a dict.


  • More tests added.


  • First release.

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