Internal barcodes and barcodes for batches can be automatically generated or created manually in Katana.

Generating internal barcodes automatically

To generate internal barcodes automatically you need to opt for Generate barcodes automatically from the Settings screen.

After selecting this option, you will be presented with 3 options:

  1. Automatically generate internal barcodes for only new item variants and batches. In this case, none of the existing items will receive a barcode number (both boxes left unchecked).

  2. Automatically generate internal barcodes for existing items - variants will generate an internal barcode for new and existing item variants and batches, except the item variants and batches that already have a barcode number.

  3. Overwrite existing internal barcodes - will generate new internal barcodes for all new and existing item variants and batches and will overwrite existing internal barcodes.

Note: It is strongly advised to avoid overwriting existing internal barcodes if you have items with printed barcode labels printed in inventory. When barcodes are overwritten, the previous barcode numbers can no longer be identified with a barcode scanner.

Generating barcodes manually

If you switch on barcodes and don't select Generate barcodes automatically, internal barcodes need to be created manually.

There are 2 options to create barcodes manually:

  1. Enter the barcode number for each item variant by writing it on the internal barcode field on an item card.

  2. To generate internal barcodes for all the variants of an item, on the item card, there is a button called Generate internal barcodes. Clicking this button will automatically generate internal barcodes for all variants of the item.

If you have existing internal barcodes for some item variants, you can still use the Generate internal barcodes button and just skip existing internal barcodes or choose to overwrite them.

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