EAN-13 in Adobe Illustrator with this free script.

A banner image for the "13-Digits String to EAN-13 Barcode" script by Productivista. The banner features the Productivista logo at the top with the tagline "time to create." Below, the title reads "13-Digits String to EAN-13 Barcode," accompanied by a sample 13-digit number "5714156033106" displayed on an arrow pointing to the right. The arrow transitions into a barcode image representing the EAN-13 barcode generated from the sample number. The subtitle at the bottom reads "with this Adobe Illustrator script," indicating the functionality of the script.

Generate EAN-13 in Adobe Illustrator by replacing all 13-digit text in your open document with a working barcode. The created barcode will follow the placement, size and rotation of your barcode text. Isn’t it smart and easy?
In this blog post, I’ll describe how the EAN-13 barcode script works and cover the known issues. The EAN-13 Barcode script is available here. You are also welcome to have a look at my other scripts.

Latest Updates for EAN-13 Barcode Script

Those who already have this script can re-download it as some minor updates and improvements have been made.
Calling attention to one issue that this script only worked if 13 digits were placed as point text. In the new update, it should work with both point and area text.

Additionally, I also updated the alert text, when the barcode is not correct. In case the barcode is incorrect, the alert will suggest the correct checksum digit for your barcode. Even so, you should be aware that I still recommend checking the entire barcode number.

Alert EAN 13 barcode script shows checksum digit

Moreover, one of the things that didn’t really suit me was that this script didn’t work if some locked or hidden layers existed. Now, if the layer is locked or hidden, the script will not select these numbers.

The EAN13 barcode generated in Adobe Illustrator

In addition, the entire barcode is created on the same layer on which the corresponding text was placed.

The EAN13 barcode generated in Adobe Illustrator

Installation of EAN-13 Barcode Script in Adobe Illustrator:

  1. Download the ZIP folder
  2. 2Extract the JSX file from ZIP folder.
  3. Place the EAN13Barcode.jsx file in:
    • Win (32 bit): C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [vers.]\Presets\en_GB\Scripts\
    • Win (64 bit): C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [vers.] (64 Bit)\Presets\en_GB\Scripts\
    • Mac OS: /Applications/Adobe Illustrator [vers.]/Presets.localized/en_GB/Scripts
  4. Restart Illustrator
  5. The script should be visible now under File > Scripts > EAN13Barcode

NOTE: The OCRB Std font also needs to be installed on your computer. This font is available at Adobe TypeKit.

To make your workflow smarter, it is very convenient to record an action. This method I covered in my previous posts (here and here).

Generate EAN-13 Barcode in Adobe Illustrator with EAN-13 Barcode Script

Write 13 digits as text in an open Adobe Illustrator document and run the script. The size of your barcode will depend on the size of your text. The default Myriad Pro 12 points text will generate an EAN-13 in Adobe Illustrator as a barcode group of around 3 cm.

The size of script generated EAN13 barcode

If the text is rotated, then the barcode will also rotate.

Barcode EAN13 script for Adobe Illustrator. Barcode rotated.

Using EAN-13 barcode script in Adobe Illustrator with Data sets and the Batch action

Generate an Ean13 barcode in Adobe Illustrator: Gif shows imported data sets

I experienced that several users have asked if it is possible to use EAN 13 barcode script with datasets and batch action. Unfortunately, this is not possible in the current version of the EAN 13 barcode script, but I have plans to improve the script in this direction.

In the meantime, I can suggest the procedure described below.

First, run the Batch action, which will save all Data sets as separate documents in a folder.

Generate EAN13 barcode in Adobe Illustrator. Batch action

Afterwards, run the EAN13 barcode script as a new Batch action using the newly created folder.

Generate EAN13 barcode in Adobe Illustrator. Batch action

This procedure will save all sets as separated files with the barcodes created.

I hope, that this blog post was helpful and you’ll be glad to generate EAN-13 in Adobe Illustrator with the EAN13 barcode script and don’t be shy to leave a comment.


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My name is Katja Bjerrum and I love to eliminate boring routine tasks in Adobe Illustrator. I work with scripts, actions and other tricks in Adobe Illustrator to streamline work processes.

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16 Responses

  1. Hi,

    I am unable to make action EAN-13 Step “Afterwards, run the EAN13 barcode script as a new Batch action using the newly created folder.”

    Please help me to create

    1. Hi,
      Have you recorded the action that creates the EAN13 barcode?
      I suggested recording this action earlier in the post.

  2. The sript does nothing. I run it from Illustrator and it just does nothing. I can see the option EAN13 under scripts but it does not open any dialog or panel, no error report eirther.

  3. Hi, thank you for this script, it works great.
    But I need to adjust the height of the barcodes as i have to manually adjust them now.


  4. Does it only work in the English version of Illustrator?

    I have tried it in the Spanish version and it does not work.

    Any possible solution?

    Thank you.

    1. I looked into making a Code 128 barcode script. It’s takes time. Right now, I can’t do this project for free because I’m very busy.

      If you have more questions, please ask.

    1. Thank you for your request.
      After researching, I’ve found that creating a 16-digit numeric barcode script can be complex and time-consuming. Unfortunately, at the moment, my schedule doesn’t allow me to take on this project for free.

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