BarTender's FAQ (Frequently asked questions) Follow

Samantha Petro

What can BarTender do for me?

BarTender is a comprehensive barcode labeling software for creating, automating and managing labels, packing slips, bar codes, RFID tags and more. It will help you to improve safety, security, efficiency and compliance. With over 30 years of experience in the Auto-ID industry, BarTender is a globally trusted software to optimize customers’ labeling and printing processes.

How do I purchase BarTender?

BarTender is sold exclusively through a worldwide network of knowledgeable resellers and integrators. You can get more information on this topic from our sales department.

How do I activate my BarTender license?

During the installation process, the BarTender Licensing Wizard guides you through the activation process. The wizard will request the product key code that was distributed with your software purchase. Seagull Scientific provides a secure web server for fast and easy activation. For further details please check our Technical Document.

Where can I download BarTender?

The most recent version of BarTender can always be downloaded here. Service releases for older versions of BarTender can be found here.

How is BarTender licensed?

In our current version of BarTender, every BarTender Edition is printer-based licensed. Available printers can be connected to a local computer or located anywhere on a LAN or WAN network. As Bartender’s licensing method is printer based, an unlimited number of users / computers is allowed per license. For further information see our Technical Document.

What Editions of BarTender are available?

BarTender is available in 4 clearly defined and simple to choose Editions: StarterProfessional, Automation and Enterprise. As your business grows, you will be able to straightforwardly upgrade to a higher Edition.

More information available at our Starter vs Professional Edition Comparator and also at our Professional vs Automation vs Enterprise Edition Comparator.

Also, check our BarTender 2021 Features Chart.

What is included in a maintenance contract?

An active maintenance and support plan give you access to exclusive customer benefits:

• Legendary Live Support
• Free Version Updates
• Edition and Printer Upgrades.

For further details, please check Maintenance and Support.

What are the system requirements for BarTender?

With regards to supported Windows versions, the current version of BarTender is supported on:

• Windows 10
• Windows Server 2019
• Windows Server 2016

Includes all 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) editions.

A full list of operating system and BarTender compatibility can be found here.

If you're looking for detailed hardware and software requirements and specifications, check the technical specifications.

Is BarTender free to download and test?

If you are a new customer, you can get the BarTender 30 day trial here.

If you are an existing customer and are under an active maintenance and support contract, choose between getting the BarTender 30 day trial or provisionally activating BarTender.

What printers can I use with BarTender?

BarTender can be used with any printer that has a Windows printer driver, including laser and ink jet printers.

Seagull Scientific is the world's largest developer of Windows printer drivers for thermal printers, supporting over 3000 models from over 100 printer companies.

Download Drivers by Seagull™

Read our White Paper to learn more.

Can I import document designs from other software programs?

Unfortunately, there is no tool to convert documents designed in other software packages. Software applications for designing and printing barcode labels vary greatly in terms of features and methods used. The use of closed or proprietary document file formats makes support for any import feature practically impossible.

Instead, we focus on providing BarTender users with powerful document design features, such as Intelligent Templates™, template background images and BarTender components. These features combine to make BarTender the most powerful label design package on the market. To see more about template design in BarTender, visit our getting started page.

Can BarTender create the barcode that I need?

BarTender includes over 400 preformatted, ready-to-use barcode components based on 95 barcode symbologies and more than a dozen barcode standards. It also includes a large number of sample compliance label designs.

You can see a full list of supported barcodes under "Barcode Support" on this page.

Does BarTender integrate with my ERP System and how?

Yes, BarTender can integrate with your ERP system. Through the use of the Integration Platform, BarTender can fulfil the role of being the ERP's bar code / text / RFID label printing engine. Therefore, effectively extending the features and capability of the ERP with a dedicated document design and management system, combined with powerful printing features for rendering highly optimized print jobs in native print language for any make or model of printer. Choose from a wide range of Integration Methods, such as file triggers, web service requests, database triggers, TCP/IP – serial connections.

BarTender also offers a full .NET SDK that allows you to directly control BarTender from other applications. The SDK contains several APIs that allow you to control the BarTender Print Engine, Librarian, and the BarTender System Database.

Can BarTender read from my database?

BarTender can read data from almost any existing database engine. There are many embedded database connectors at your availability, but if you don’t find your database listed in the direct connectors you will always be able to make use of an OLE DB provider or ODBC driver connection. See list of databases supported here:

• Text Files
• Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access
• Excel Online
• Google Sheets
• Microsoft SQL Server
• Oracle
• SAP IDoc Files
• IBM Informix
• PostgreSQL
• Firebird
• Quickbooks Online
• OLE DB connection
• ODBC connection

Can BarTender be installed on non-Windows environments?

BarTender can only be installed on a Windows Operating System, but there are a number of options available to you to work around this limitation, some of them apply to Mac OS only.

Is BarTender compatible with Virtual Machines?

The following applies to Virtual Machines compatibility:

VMWare products are fully supported, and we test extensively on this platform.
• Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server should work, but we rarely test on this platform.
• Parallels for Macintosh may work, but we do not test with it, and cannot support it.
• WINE for Linux may support BarTender but will not work with Windows drivers. We cannot support it or recommend it for use in a production environment.

What industries can be served with BarTender?

BarTender software is trusted across a wide range of industries to improve efficiency, safety, security and compliance. Some industries that we serve are:

• Supply chain
• Retail
• Pharmaceutical
• Medical Devices
• Food and Beverage
• Chemical
• Aerospace

For further details, please visit BarTender Solutions.

What regulations and standards can BarTender help to comply?

Every industry faces its own evolving regulations and standard practices. BarTender helps to meet those requirements with its ease of deployment and secure, configurable technology. Examples of regulations BarTender will help you to comply with:

• EU food allergen labelling (FIC)
• FDA 21 CFR part 11

Where can I find the available support plans and policies?

The following support page includes our Support Policies and Plans.

Do you offer BarTender training or consultation?

We offer complementary professional services to those offered by your BarTender partner. If you are interested in additional training, consultation or design send us an email to


Kushpika Perera
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I have an error from Bartender 2019 install. How to debug this error ?

Mohit Sethi
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Hii team,
I have a query which is that i want to bold the zebra triumvirate font in bartender . could you please tell me how i can do this.

Bruce Kreft
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I have a Bar Tender document that has a database connection to an Access table. It works as designed. When I went to create another document, using the wizard I found that the database in the previous document was not listed in my new document. I had to go through the process of establishing another database connection.

Is there a way to use the database connection across may documents?

I am sure I have done something wrong in that the database connection is not reflected in subsequent documents. Any and all help is appreciated.


Raul Luna
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Hello, we have two computers each with bartender (older versions 9.x.x and 10.x.) and are using a network drive where we get the files to print from either computer. Each computer has its own printer. My question is: If we were to add a third computer/printer with a newer version of bartender, will we still be able to access those files on the other computers, or they will be only accessible from the newer version bartender?

Henry Passam
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I have just purchased a label printer and got BarTender 30 day free trial. It has been working well so far but today I ran into some issues. Whenever I try to print out a label, I get the 3408 error code (BarTender Licensing Service is not running on this computer) pop up. I did some research and tried some of the troubleshooting which was recommended on this forum (such as trying to fix it using task manager) however, this did not work for me. Can anyone help? 

Mohit Sethi
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You have to go to your system services and search bartender licensing service, this service should be start if it's not running kindly start this service.

Sean Ebel
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I see that this is a printer based license. If we were to get a one printer license and the assigned printer dies can we switch to a new printer?

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