• Overview

    Our barcode software Free Edition allows you to create and print any type of professional label. Experience flexible design with incredible print performance. Try out advanced features from our Professional, Automation and Enterprise Editions to learn just how powerful BarTender software really is.

    BarTender Free barcode software: Safe, secure and efficient

    With BarTender, you get improved design quality, reduced label maintenance, maximized printing performance and the ability to remain compliant with changing standards.

     

    Print any kind of label or document

    Our free label printing software uses intuitive design tools to create signs, shelf tags, or virtually anything else you can print.

    Legendary support around the world

    Our global offices and extensive online resources combine to provide support for all BarTender editions, including our barcode software free edition.

  • Detailed Specs

    System requirements and compatibility

    Operating system
    • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 with the latest Windows updates installed.
    • Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2012 R2, 2008 R2 with the latest Windows Server updates installed.
    • Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.
    • An active internet connection may be required if Windows updates are required.
    Hard disk and memory (minimum)

    Below are the minimum system requirements to install and run the BarTender designer or the entire BarTender Suite. Please ensure your desired installation system meets or exceeds the specifications below. Recommended system specifications will vary based on the specific details of each project.

    Complete BarTender Suite utilization (32-bit)

    • Memory:  4 GB RAM
    • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)

    Complete BarTender Suite utilization (64-bit)

    • Memory:  8 GB RAM
    • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)

    Designer-only usage (32-bit)

    • Memory:  1 GB RAM
    • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)

    Designer-only usage (64-bit)

    • Memory:  2 GB RAM
    • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)
    Display resolutioN
    • 1024 x 768 (Minimum)
    • 1920 x 1080 or better (Recommended)
    .NET Framework
    • The .NET Framework 3.5 AND 4.5.2 or newer is required.
    • The BarTender installer will automatically install all required .NET Framework components.  An active internet connection may be required to update .NET framework.
    database
    • BarTender System Database, Librarian, History Explorer, and Reprint Console require Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher (Express or Full edition).
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3 Express is included with the BarTender suite.

    Language support

    International editions can switch the user interface on demand between 21 languages: Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (European & Brazilian), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.

    Barcode support

    BarTender includes over 400 preformatted, ready-to-use barcode components based on 105 barcode symbologies and more than a dozen barcode standards. It also includes a large number of sample compliance label designs.

    LINEAR BARCODE SYMBOLOGIES
    • Codabar
    • Code 39 (Full ASCII and Regular)
    • Code 93
    • Code 128
    • EAN-8
    • EAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
    • GS1-128
    • GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS, all four non-stacked variants)
    • Interleaved 2-of-5
    • ITF-14
    • JAN-8
    • JAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
    • MSI Plessey
    • RSS (see GS1 DataBar)
    • Telepen
    • Trioptic
    • UPC-A (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
    • UPC-E (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
    2D, MATRIX, AND STACKED SYMBOL SYMBOLOGIES
    • Aztec Code
    • Data Matrix
    • GS1 Composite (13 variants)
    • GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS 3 stacked variants)
    • GS1 DataMatrix
    • GS1 QR
    • MaxiCode
    • Micro QR Code
    • MicroPDF417
    • PDF417
    • QR Code
    • RSS (see GS1 DataBar)
    • iQR
    Postal and shipping barcode symbologies
    • Australia Post
    • Canadian Customs
    • Japanese Post
    • KIX Code
    • Royal Mail: Type C
    • Royal Mail: Type L
    • Royal Mail: CMDM
    • Singapore 4-State Postal Code
    • UPS MaxiCode
    • USPS Intelligent Mail
    • USPS Planet
    • USPS Postnet
    Barcode standards
    • GS1 Coupons
    • GS1 Distribution
    • GS1 General Applications
    • GS1 Health Care – Non-retail
    • GS1 Health Care – Retail
    • GS1 Pharmaceutical
    • GS1 Retail – General Distribution
    • GS1 Retail – Non-general Distribution
    • HIBC (Primary and Secondary)
    • ISBT
    • IFA Pharmaceutical
    • TLC (39 and MicroPDF417)
    • DUN
    • UPS Tracking Number
    • Design barcodes for almost any other standard using BarTender.
    Label standards
    • AIAG
    • Caterpillar
    • DoD
    • GHS
    • GM 1724-A
    • HIBC
    • MIL 129 and 1189B (LOGMARS)
    • ODETTE
    • Oracle WMS
    • Sears
    • Wal-Mart
    • SAP AII
    • SSCC
    • TLC
    • UPS
    • USPS (includes FIM A and FIM C).
    • You can also design labels for almost any other standard using BarTender.
    Data format standards

    Encode text using almost any data format, including Unicode, ASCII, Western, Japanese, Chinese, or any other character encoding, plus custom formats. Predefined barcode components also support the following standards:

    • GTIN-8 (for EAN-8, JAN-8, and UPC-E components)
    • GTIN-12 (for UPC-A components)
    • GTIN-13 (for EAN-13 and JAN-13 components)
    • GTIN-14 (formerly EAN-14 and SCC-14; for GS1 components that use the (01) application identifier, for GS1 DataBar components, and for ITF-14 components)
    • SCC-18 (for GS1 barcode components that use the (00) application identifier)
    Symbologies vs. Standards

    Many barcode symbologies are used in more than one barcode or label standard. The standards above (which are included with BarTender) are listed by some other software companies as separate symbologies. This is misleading, because these are standards and not symbologies.

     

    RFID tag types and data formats

    EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It, I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types. All EPC data formats are supported, including DoD, Wal-Mart, SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, and SGLN, among others. (Note: RFID is not supported in the Free Edition.)

Free

Our barcode software Free Edition allows you to create and print any type of professional label. Experience flexible design with incredible print performance. Try out advanced features from our Professional, Automation and Enterprise Editions to learn just how powerful BarTender software really is.

BarTender Free barcode software: Safe, secure and efficient

With BarTender, you get improved design quality, reduced label maintenance, maximized printing performance and the ability to remain compliant with changing standards.

 

Print any kind of label or document

Our free label printing software uses intuitive design tools to create signs, shelf tags, or virtually anything else you can print.

Legendary support around the world

Our global offices and extensive online resources combine to provide support for all BarTender editions, including our barcode software free edition.

System requirements and compatibility

Operating system
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 with the latest Windows updates installed.
  • Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2012 R2, 2008 R2 with the latest Windows Server updates installed.
  • Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.
  • An active internet connection may be required if Windows updates are required.
Hard disk and memory (minimum)

Below are the minimum system requirements to install and run the BarTender designer or the entire BarTender Suite. Please ensure your desired installation system meets or exceeds the specifications below. Recommended system specifications will vary based on the specific details of each project.

Complete BarTender Suite utilization (32-bit)

  • Memory:  4 GB RAM
  • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)

Complete BarTender Suite utilization (64-bit)

  • Memory:  8 GB RAM
  • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)

Designer-only usage (32-bit)

  • Memory:  1 GB RAM
  • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)

Designer-only usage (64-bit)

  • Memory:  2 GB RAM
  • Hard drive:  20 GB (to allow sufficient space for logs)
Display resolutioN
  • 1024 x 768 (Minimum)
  • 1920 x 1080 or better (Recommended)
.NET Framework
  • The .NET Framework 3.5 AND 4.5.2 or newer is required.
  • The BarTender installer will automatically install all required .NET Framework components.  An active internet connection may be required to update .NET framework.
database
  • BarTender System Database, Librarian, History Explorer, and Reprint Console require Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher (Express or Full edition).
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3 Express is included with the BarTender suite.

Language support

International editions can switch the user interface on demand between 21 languages: Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (European & Brazilian), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.

Barcode support

BarTender includes over 400 preformatted, ready-to-use barcode components based on 105 barcode symbologies and more than a dozen barcode standards. It also includes a large number of sample compliance label designs.

LINEAR BARCODE SYMBOLOGIES
  • Codabar
  • Code 39 (Full ASCII and Regular)
  • Code 93
  • Code 128
  • EAN-8
  • EAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
  • GS1-128
  • GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS, all four non-stacked variants)
  • Interleaved 2-of-5
  • ITF-14
  • JAN-8
  • JAN-13 (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
  • MSI Plessey
  • RSS (see GS1 DataBar)
  • Telepen
  • Trioptic
  • UPC-A (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
  • UPC-E (with and without 2 and 5 digit add-ons)
2D, MATRIX, AND STACKED SYMBOL SYMBOLOGIES
  • Aztec Code
  • Data Matrix
  • GS1 Composite (13 variants)
  • GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS 3 stacked variants)
  • GS1 DataMatrix
  • GS1 QR
  • MaxiCode
  • Micro QR Code
  • MicroPDF417
  • PDF417
  • QR Code
  • RSS (see GS1 DataBar)
  • iQR
Postal and shipping barcode symbologies
  • Australia Post
  • Canadian Customs
  • Japanese Post
  • KIX Code
  • Royal Mail: Type C
  • Royal Mail: Type L
  • Royal Mail: CMDM
  • Singapore 4-State Postal Code
  • UPS MaxiCode
  • USPS Intelligent Mail
  • USPS Planet
  • USPS Postnet
Barcode standards
  • GS1 Coupons
  • GS1 Distribution
  • GS1 General Applications
  • GS1 Health Care – Non-retail
  • GS1 Health Care – Retail
  • GS1 Pharmaceutical
  • GS1 Retail – General Distribution
  • GS1 Retail – Non-general Distribution
  • HIBC (Primary and Secondary)
  • ISBT
  • IFA Pharmaceutical
  • TLC (39 and MicroPDF417)
  • DUN
  • UPS Tracking Number
  • Design barcodes for almost any other standard using BarTender.
Label standards
  • AIAG
  • Caterpillar
  • DoD
  • GHS
  • GM 1724-A
  • HIBC
  • MIL 129 and 1189B (LOGMARS)
  • ODETTE
  • Oracle WMS
  • Sears
  • Wal-Mart
  • SAP AII
  • SSCC
  • TLC
  • UPS
  • USPS (includes FIM A and FIM C).
  • You can also design labels for almost any other standard using BarTender.
Data format standards

Encode text using almost any data format, including Unicode, ASCII, Western, Japanese, Chinese, or any other character encoding, plus custom formats. Predefined barcode components also support the following standards:

  • GTIN-8 (for EAN-8, JAN-8, and UPC-E components)
  • GTIN-12 (for UPC-A components)
  • GTIN-13 (for EAN-13 and JAN-13 components)
  • GTIN-14 (formerly EAN-14 and SCC-14; for GS1 components that use the (01) application identifier, for GS1 DataBar components, and for ITF-14 components)
  • SCC-18 (for GS1 barcode components that use the (00) application identifier)
Symbologies vs. Standards

Many barcode symbologies are used in more than one barcode or label standard. The standards above (which are included with BarTender) are listed by some other software companies as separate symbologies. This is misleading, because these are standards and not symbologies.

 

RFID tag types and data formats

EPC Gen2, EPC Class 1, ISO 18000-6b, ISO 15693, Tag-It, I-CODE, TagSys, My-d, and Picotag tag types. All EPC data formats are supported, including DoD, Wal-Mart, SGTIN, SSCC, GIAI, GID, GRAI, and SGLN, among others. (Note: RFID is not supported in the Free Edition.)

  • Powerful design tools

    Enjoy easy design with our free barcode software that features text auto-fit, text wrapping, conditional printing, layers, 50+ drawing shapes and more.

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  • Dynamic label data

    Modify or edit data with design tools prior to printing.

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  • Print at maximum speed

    Take full advantage of your printer’s speed and features by combining BarTender’s free label printing software with printer-specific Drivers by SeagullTM.  You can also use the manufacturers’ drivers for standard printing

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Case Study

Dairy farm deploys BarTender labeling system to enable FSMA compliance

A BarTender-driven labeling system is enabling a dairy farm to meet rigorous federal food safety requirements, as well as to save time and reduce testing errors.

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“The process of making new labels is so much faster… Now, we just enter key data like the new SKU and net contents into the database — a five minute job — and the label is done.”

  • Senior Regulatory Specialist
  • A specialty chemical manufacturer

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Professional, Automation & Enterprise


Need more barcode and label making capabilities? BarTender’s software options include three editions, allowing you to easily upgrade your system as your business grows.

Professional Edition

 

Use BarTender software Professional Edition to print from spreadsheets and databases, create forms for entering manual data faster, encode RFID tags and smart cards, and more.

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Automation Edition

 

Combine forms, actions and system integrations and create a powerful automated printing solution with BarTender software Automation Edition.

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Enterprise Edition

 

Use BarTender software Enterprise Edition to manage, secure and control your entire enterprise label system, across continents or in one location.

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Download the BarTender Free Edition

 

The Free Edition is available through a BarTender Customer Portal account. Sign up now:

 

 

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