Where can I lookup a barcode number? Can I search for products by EAN or UPC number?

This is one of the most frequent questions about barcodes. Given a UPC or EAN number, can you find out to what product it belongs?

Short answer: Maybe.

Long answer: There is no consolidated database of issued EAN / UPC numbers. The national GS1 branches maintain a database of manufacturers but how those manufacturers use their pool of numbers is not recorded. Two online databases used to be available which claim to have between about one and two million records. However, those databases are based on efforts by volunteers, so the quality and reliability is unknown.
  • UPC Database

    Claims around 1,500,000 records, around 150,000 of them EAN
  • CheckUPC - seems to be disfunct

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