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Barcode Database???

Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:01 pm

Hello All,

My friend and I are working on a barcode scanner project. We have purchased a USB barcode scanner and the aim is for us to be able to scan pretty much any product and it to then be able to tell us what that product is and more importantly what material it is. We theorised that there must be some online databases or standards for barcode recognition - but we are struggling to locate anything! We were wondering if any of you could provide assistance?

Many thanks,

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Re: Barcode Database???

Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:34 pm

You found nothing ? How come ?

Typed into Google 'barcode standards' and got a flood of hits, including the Wiki (look towards the bottom of the Wiki)

Also GS1's site has a form of database

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Re: Barcode Database???

Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:44 pm

I don't think that's what @Bigcat wanted. More something like this Your barcode reader will just feed a number into your program as if you had typed it, then just look it up on the massive database (or use a web interface to the above site)

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Re: Barcode Database???

Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:53 pm


I developed a EPOS system for my shop.

The system has a linux server running mysql and nginx. I use an Android tablet as the user interface with a barcode scanner attached.

I faced a similar problem finding a source of barcode data, I was surprised to find that wholesalers, manufacturers etc do not publish barcodes in a useful way.

I then found the Google Shopping API which allowed me to get data from Google in the form of a json structure, great I could now scan a new product and get its description and a list of suppliers prices. I have had the system working and in use in the shop since Feb 2013.

Unfortunately a few weeks ago Google closed access to the API, so I am now back to having to manually enter new products into the database.

You can still do something like and then cut and paste.

There is a site called, however the data held is somewhat limited, and again no API.

There is also an outfit who do have a system that has an API, Varun Sivamani is the man. I looked at using their database, but at the time (21/9/2013) they only had US data. He hoped to have EU data available by beginning Oct, I have had no time to look at it.


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Re: Barcode Database???

Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:41 pm

I just spent some time looking at the semantic3 stuff, I tried a few searches, and found the data limited.

I also looked at

This is a wiki like database, and has been built by blokes/girls like us


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Re: Barcode Database???

Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:09 am

er....A barcode scanner is only something which is installed between your keyboard and workstation. That way it doesn't matter if you enter the code by hand or using the scanner: you click in the field which needs the code to be entered to get the focus on it, next you scan your code. The only problem might be that after scan there's no automatic submit, so you need to click a button then.
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Re: Barcode Database???

Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:20 am

cindy313 wrote:something which is installed between your keyboard and workstation...
The subject is not scanning nor scanners, but obtaining data (what is the product) related to the scanned barcode.

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