Are barcode numbers globally registered?


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  • Explain in broad terms to a customer how barcodes can be registered internationally.


Barcode numbers are registered in online databases:

Our registration service registers the barcode number and product/manufacturer in one online database, and this data then feeds to several other online databases, making it easier for people to find your barcode number or product via Internet searches and some smartphone barcode scanning apps.

The Internet search success depends on which search engine you are using, and how well that has indexed the Internet.


Search success depends on the search engine and scanning Apps:

There are a lot of barcode scanning apps – and more are being released regularly. The places they search vary from app to app.

Some apps such as the Zebra Scanning App look directly into databases and should find barcodes/products registered through our registration service.

Some apps assume that the user is wanting to find the product for sale in an online shop in their vicinity – hence these apps will search in online streets nearby, so obviously, they are more likely to find your product if it is for sale in online stores in that region.

Some apps have other search algorithms which are hard to understand.

Most apps change or update where they search regularly, so the results can change over time.

In summary, the success of searching or scanning depends on which search engine or app you use, and how much information is available on the Internet, including online stores.

Our registration helps with this visibility, depending on which search engine or app you are using, and where that app is currently searching.


Free Zebra Barcode Scanner App:

The Zebra Barcode Scanner App (free) works on Apple and Android devices and finds the correct product details from

The Apple version is

The Android PlayStore version is