How to Make Barcodes for Free

By Jamie Lisse

If you are preparing some items to sell in a store, or if you just have a complex indexing system in your home, you may need to create some barcodes on your own. While you can purchase expensive barcode creation software or pay a designer to create a barcode for you, there is no need to do either of those things. You can create barcodes on your own at no cost. You can use a free barcode generator to create as many barcodes as you need.

Step 1

Visit the website of a free online barcode generator. Online Tech Tips recommends Barcodes Inc., and you can make free barcodes at the Barcoding and Wasp Barcode Technologies websites.

Step 2

Select your preferred symbology in the drop-down menu labeled "Symbology." The default is typically Code 128. According to Online Tech Tips, Codes 128 and 39 are the two most common. If you are not sure what you need, just leave it at the default of Code 128.

Step 3

Pick a preferred output file type if you are given the option. Typically you can choose between jpg or png. If you are not sure which one you need, opt for png because you can compress png files without losing quality.

Step 4

Enter the text or data for your barcode and make any tweaks to your free barcode that your barcode generator may offer. Such options may include adding a border or changing the size of the barcode.

Step 5

Click on the "Make a barcode" or "Generate barcode" button at the bottom of the barcode generator. You will be given a link to download the file for the barcode that you just created. Click on it to download the barcode to your computer. You may also be given some html coding, in the event that you want to add the barcode to a website.