GS1 DataBar

GS1 DataBar barcodes are used to identify small and hard-to-mark items like fruit, jewellery and cosmetics. In Australia GS1 DataBar is mainly used on loose unpackaged fruits. If you intend to use this barcode on any other product, please contact us.

We recommend checking with your trading partners if they are ready to scan GS1 DataBar before choosing this barcode.


There are seven barcodes in the GS1 DataBar family, however only one is actively used by Australian retailers, the Omnidirectional Stacked code. In general, they all carry the GTIN; with some in the family able to encode more information, such as serial numbers, weight, batch numbers and more.

Learn more about creating and using GTINs

Types of GS1 DataBar barcodes

Even though GS1 DataBar became an open global standard in 2014, not all retailers have activated the symbology at POS. You must check with your retailer before you choose this barcode.

GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional

This only encodes a GTIN, but it is split and stacked to suit products of a particular shape and size. It can be scanned in any direction. 

Examples of use: loose fruits, cosmetics


GS1 DataBar factsheet
GS1 DataBar Scanning How-To-Guide
GS1 DataBar Implementing How-To-Guide
Learn more about creating and using GTINs