So you've purchased barcodes from Aussie Barcodes and received your barcode numbers and images via email. What's next?

Add the barcode images to your Aussie-made products

Aussie Barcodes provides barcode images in .png, .svg, and .pdf formats. If you're unsure which to use, have a chat with your printers – they'll guide you to the most suitable format.

It's time to add the barcode images to your product packaging. Placement and size are crucial – the minimum recommended barcode size for EAN-13 barcodes is 80% of the standard size – that's around 30mm wide x 20mm high.

You're welcome to add a bit of Aussie creativity to the barcode, but keep in mind that the main barcode image (the vertical bars and spaces) must remain clear for easy scanning. If you fancy printing your barcode in a different colour combo (instead of the classic black bars on a white background), please check that the barcode can still be scanned easily.

Instead of directly incorporating barcodes into your packaging, you could also get the barcode printed onto adhesive labels that can be manually stuck onto your product.

Print your packaging

The next step is to print your packaging. It's always a good idea to do a test print and check that the barcode prints correctly and scans without a hitch.

Ship your product to your retailers

This is when the barcode becomes linked with the product. When the barcode is scanned for the first time, the retailer enters the product information into their system. From then on, every time the barcode is scanned, your product information comes up. That's why we don't need any product info from you upfront.


Prior to printing your packaging, always double-check your label artwork to ensure the barcode numbers are correct and that the barcode image is of high quality and within the official size range. Mistakes can occur at various stages, so thorough artwork inspection before printing is crucial. 

How to unzip your barcode images

Unzipping Files on Windows:

1. Locate the ZIP file: Navigate to the folder where the ZIP file is saved.

2. Extract the contents: Right-click on the ZIP file and select "Extract All..." from the context menu.

3. Choose the extraction location: Choose the destination folder where you want to extract the contents of the ZIP file.

4. Click "Extract": Click the "Extract" button to start the extraction process.

Unzipping Files on macOS:

1. Locate the ZIP file: Find the ZIP file in the Finder.

2. Double-click the ZIP file: Simply double-click on the ZIP file, and macOS will automatically extract the contents into the same folder.