UPC-A Overview

UPC-A Barcode

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbologythat is widely used in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries for tracking trade items in stores.

UPC (technically refers to UPC-A) consists of 12 numeric digits that are uniquely assigned to each trade item. Along with the related EAN barcode, the UPC is the barcode mainly used for scanning of trade items at the point of sale.

How to scan 1D and 2D barcodes (EN)

Supported Host Device


Supported Business Application:


Partner Applications

Applications integrated with Socket Mobile's Capture SDK.


Verify with your application provider that Socket Mobile's latest Capture SDK was implemented in your app. See the latest Capture SDK version.

See complete list of Partner Applications.

Non-Capture SDK Applications

Applications that are not integrated with Socket Mobile's Capture SDK




UPC-A is supported by default on all Socket Mobile barcode scanners. You can enable or disable this symbology on your Socket Mobile scanner simply by scanning the codes below.  Note: Scanner must be in a disconnected state before scanning the command barcode.

Enable UPC-A by scanning the barcode below*:

UPC-A Enable

Disable UPC-A by scanning the barcode below*:

UPC-A Disable

See the full programming guide for more info and troubleshooting.
* D750 requires separate enable/disable command barcodes found in the programming guide.

Troubleshooting / FAQ


Q: What is the typical usage of UPC-A?

A: Retail point of sale

 How to remove the leading zero (first digit of the barcode)?

A: App coming soon, please contact dataediting@socketmobile.com

Q: How to read UPC-A as 13 digits?

A: App coming soon, please contact dataediting@socketmobile.com

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Q: Do you need help creating this barcode?

A: Socket Mobile recommends this free barcode generator: https://barcode.tec-it.com/

Need to generate your own barcode?
We recommend Tech-it.

Send us an email at dataediting@socketmobile.com