LEGO Brick Labels
About the Labels
LEGO Brick Labels were carefully designed for Brother P-touch label printers, which I selected because the labels are printed on durable plastic tape with a strong adhesive. (You can move them to a different container as your storage system evolves.)
The labels are designed to work with a wide range of storage solutions, including my favorite: The affordable 64-drawer cabinets by Akro-Mils. When printed on ½″ (12 mm) laminated tape, each label is less than 2″ (5 cm) wide.
Each label includes a picture, simplified part name, and the part number to help you find parts quickly! (Custom high-contrast images were created for each part to ensure they look great when printed.)
Download LEGO Brick Labels
The collection has been organized into groups of related LEGO elements, like basic bricks, slopes, hinges, curves, Technic, and more. This makes it easier to quickly find the labels you need!
Download LEGO Brick Labels (Version 39)
- Download Now: LEGO_BRICK_LABELS.zip
Download the ‘zip’ file if you already have a compatible Brother Label Printer. (You will need to install the ‘P-touch Editor’ application on your PC/Mac.)
- Preview (PDF): LEGO_BRICK_LABELS-CONTACT_SHEET.pdf
Download the ‘PDF’ file to preview to the entire collection, use my categories as a starting point for your LEGO organization project, or to print a few of the labels on paper (before investing in a label printer).
Further down on this page, you will find a list of compatible printers, and detailed instructions to help you print these labels.
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Compatible Brother Label Printers
LEGO Brick Labels were designed to be printed on ½″ laminated label tape using a compatible Brother Label printer (such as the PT-D600.) The labels are waterproof, smudgeproof, durable, and they come in a variety of colors such as White, Black, Pink, Yellow, Lime Green, Clear, and even Gold.
Any Brother printer which connects to a PC/Mac using the Brother P-Touch Editor application and prints on ‘P-touch’ ½″ (12mm) labels will work. The multi-function PT-D600 seems to be the best value at this time.
The following printers are affordable and readily available. You will connect the printer to your PC/Mac (using USB or Bluetooth), then use the ‘P-touch Editor’ application to print the LEGO Brick Labels.
|PT-D600||Standalone Model w/ Keyboard. Plug into PC/Mac to print LEGO Brick Labels, or design your own labels using the keyboard and small screen. Compatible with labels up to 1″ (24 mm). Uses AA Batteries or included Power Adapter.
|PC + Mac||PT-D600 at Amazon|
|PT-P710BT (Cube Plus)||Wireless Model. Print LEGO Brick labels from PC/Mac using USB or Bluetooth, or design your own labels using Android or iOS. Compatible with labels up to 1″ (24 mm). Integrated Battery, Charge with USB.
Note: The ‘Cube’ (not ‘Plus’) is not compatible because you can not connect it to your PC/Mac.
|PC + Mac||PT-P710BT (Cube Plus) at Amazon.|
Note: For best results, I recommend the following settings when printing with the PT-P710BT (Cube Plus): 1) Quality = Standard, 2) Graphics = Error Diffusion.
While text does look better when you select Quality = “High Resolution”, the part images are much lighter and harder to see for reasons I have been unable to diagnose so far. (Recommendation based on testing with a Windows 10 PC, and version 5.2.032 of the Brother P-touch Editor application.)
Other Compatible Printers
The following printers are also compatible with LEGO Brick Labels using the P-touch Editor application.
Other current models:
- PT-P750W – More costly alternative to the PT-P710BT (Cube Plus).
$129.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
- PT-P900W – Higher-resolution printer for commercial applications.
$429.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1½″ (36 mm) labels.
- PTE500 – Ruggedized printer for industrial applications.
$269.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
- PT-P700 – Earliest version to support both PC & Mac.
$79.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
- PT-D450 – Older model with integrated display & keyboard.
$79.99, PC/Mac, Up to ¾″ (18 mm) labels.
- PT-1230PC – Low-cost option that’s no longer available.
$52.99, PC only, Up to ½″ (12 mm) labels.
- PT-2430PC – Older version of PT-P700 without Mac support.
$79.99, PC Only, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
How to Print LEGO Brick Labels
It’s easy to print LEGO Brick Labels on a compatible Brother Label Printer.
- Confirm that you have a compatible label printer.
Only Brother label printers that connect to your Windows PC or Mac using USB or Bluetooth are compatible with these labels. (Some older models are not Mac compatible.)
- Purchase several rolls of ½″ Brother Label Tape.
The labels are designed for ½″ label tape, which means that the labels will be ½″ tall and up to 2″ wide (1.2 cm × 5 cm). This size is perfect for common storage solutions like the 64-drawer cabinet by Akro-Mils.
- Install Brother P-Touch Editor application.
It is available from the Brother website at brother.com/product/dev/label/editor/index.htm (There is a download link at the bottom of the page.)
- Connect the printer to your computer.
In most cases you will use the included USB cable, although the PT-P710BT (Cube Plus) also supports Bluetooth.
- Download LEGO Brick Labels.
You can find the latest version at brickarchitect.com/labels
- Open .lbx files in Brother application.
After you install the “Brother P-Touch Editor” application, you should be able to simply click on label files (with .lbx file extension) and the labels should appear in the “Brother P-Touch Editor” application.
- Print the labels you need.
If you want to print all of the labels from a single file, click “File” in upper left of application and press “Print…”. (If you want to print just one label, you may need to carefully select the image and text, copy it from that file, and “paste” it into a new file.)
I’ve prepared this FAQ to cover the most common questions from fans of LEGO Brick Labels. (Please feel free to leave a comment on this page or send me an email if you have any additional questions!)
Q: Why are the labels cutting off after printing only 60% of each file?
April 3, 2020: Several Mac users have experienced a bug which prevents them from printing a complete 11 ¾″ strip of labels.
This issue was discovered with the ‘PT-D600’ printer on ‘Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6’ + ‘P-Touch Version 5.2.10’, and with ‘Mac OS Catalina 10.15.3’ + ‘P-Touch Version 5.2.9’. (Thanks to Gabriela who received the workaround from Brother customer support, and Lauren for helping diagnose this issue.)
- Uninstall the current version.
- Go to support.brother.com
- Search for ‘QL 500’ (even though we have the PT-D600).
- Download and install the ‘P-touch Editor’. (It should be version 5.1.110, which is an older version than the one you uninstalled.)
- When prompted to enter a serial number for your device, enter “B2Z112233” (a serial number for the QL 500).
- Use a Windows PC.
- Manually copy/paste the second half of each strip of labels into a new file.
Q: Why isn’t ______ included in the LEGO Brick Labels collection?
Since many people print every label in the collection, I don’t want to include uncommon parts which few people own. It also takes a lot of time to create each label, so I focus on the most common and versatile parts.
When a very useful new part is included in many new sets, I’ll create a label as soon as possible. For a less common part, I wait a few years to see if it gains widespread adoption before adding it to the collection. (Many less common parts are retired after just a few years.)
I’ve also ensured that the top 600 most common parts from the last 5 years are included in the collection. (The only exception are weapons, because they are already covered by generic labels for Guns, Swords, etc…)
Q: Can I use black labels with white text?
I had not tried this, but another reader confirmed that this works fine. For folks who want a darker look for their LEGO collection, the black label tape looks great!
Q: How did you get consistent images for each LEGO Part?
The images were created using custom LDraw scripts that optimize the viewing angle and enhance the contrast of each part. The scripts are proprietary and hard to use.
- If the missing part is pretty common, ask me to include it in a future update!
- If you need to create additional labels, I recommend using images from BrickLink. They won’t look quite as good, but may meet your needs.
Q: How can I show my support for LEGO Brick Labels?
There are several ways you can help! Most of all, you can share a link to LEGO Brick Labels with your friends that have a large (or growing) LEGO Collection.
Other ways you can help:
- Please consider using our referral links when shopping on lego.com or amazon.com — It helps!
- If you want to make a donation to support LEGO Brick Labels, go to patreon.com/bricklabels and subscribe!
LEGO Brick Storage
There aren’t any “perfect” LEGO Storage solutions for all LEGO enthusiasts—the best solution for you will depend on dozens of factors such as the age of the primary LEGO builder, the size of your LEGO collection, how much space you have, and your budget.
History of LEGO Brick Labels
LEGO Brick Labels began in April 2014, when I decided to organize all of the bricks included in 21050 Architecture Studio into two 44-drawer Akro-mils cabinets. The label collection grew throughout 2014, as I purchased additional LEGO bricks while writing my book, The LEGO Architect.
You can read the detailed version history to see which labels were added in each update.
Show your appreciation by sending a photo of your well-organized LEGO Storage!
Have questions/ideas to make LEGO Brick Labels even better—leave a comment below!
Love your labels, they are brilliant and have helped me get my lego collection more organised. Great how easy it is to create custom labels with the Brother software to suit the contents of my storage boxes. Also I found your categorisation of parts very helpful. Bought your book, that’s pretty cool too.
Kevin, thank you for taking the time to show your appreciation for the labels and my book. It is a real joy to share these resources with a vibrant community of LEGO enthusiasts!
Is there a way to use 1″ tape to print the labels with a larger image & font? I tried playing around with the brother software a little bit but am hoping there is an easy-ish way that I’m missing 🙂 I know that would impact how they fit on small drawers but for my vision the tradeoff would be worth it.
yes, but you will need to manually re-arrange the images and increase the font size.
I just discovered your labels and want to say WOW, wonderful organization and I look forward to putting this to practice with my 8 year old son. He has many sets and this seems like a brilliant way to get pieces in their place and find them easily.
I thank you for sharing this – it’s PRICELESS for all us ADHD/OCD brains!!
Just getting started with my labelling effort. Thank you for this! Purchased the Cube+ through the affiliate link. I couldn’t figure out how to combine multiple lbx files and was wondering if I’m doing it wrong. For example: I want to combine Technic-axle_1 and Technic-axle_2 into a single tape so I can move the objects around to better suit the way I have the drawers grouped. At the moment, I can only open a single lbx file at any given time so it makes combining objects from different lbx files very difficult.
Mike, you can make your own strip containing labels from multiple files (by copy/pasting them), but you can not combine many labels into one giant label that can be printed as a single long strip. The software has limits on how long each strip can be, unfortunately.
Hi! I have two small boys and we are experiencing their deep dive into lego 🙂 Any chance you would create an upload or page with just the part images? That way I can create labels to suit our drawers/the way we have our smaller collection currently sorted on my own device and printer. Your lego part images are so clear and look amazing!
P.S. Your articles on how to organise lego have been game changing. You have helped us get set up in a way that we can grow with from the start.
Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad to hear that they are working well for your growing collection…
The images are custom for the label connection and not provided separately. It is time consuming to create the custom images and label text, so I’ve decided to focus my attention on just the label connection.
These handsome labels print well even on a 10-year-old Brother PT-18R via Windows 11.
Cool! That printer is so old it looks like it uses an ancient “square” USB-B connector – not even the also obsolete mini-USB connection that my printer uses. Thrilled to hear that it still works great with the label collection.
John, thanks for sharing!
Hi tom, iam using your label and the P-touch cube, first i want to thanx you about the great job you are doing . But i have an issue i try to fix with it. each time i print a new label the p_touch (P710BT) always cut like 1 inch of tape each time. this is so a waste of tape and that make me crazy. i try to find a solution to avoid the first cut with the software P-touch editor 5.4, but i still didn’t find how to stop it. if you have the solution. Thanx
I am not aware of a setting to disable this. That’s one of the reasons I designed the labels as long strips, instead of a separate file for each label.
OK thanx for the answer, i find a way is to delete the automatic cut when priting but that mean i neeed to use chisel manually. 😀
Do you know if the Brother model PT-610BT is compatible? This is a newer model to the Brother model PTD-600 and is also $99.99.
I contacted Brother about a week ago to confirm compatibility, since the new printer uses a new version of the “P-Touch Editor” app. (The new printer is not compatible with the old app, and the older printers are not compatible with the newer app.)
They have assured me that both versions of the app are 100% compatible with the .lbx files – I have not tested it yet, but I believe that it will work fine. If you order from somewhere like amazon with generous return policy, that might be a good idea just in case.
Long-term, I plan to get one of these newer printers to assist in manual testing. I already have two models that I test on periodically.
I’ve gone ahead and ordered the newer Brother PT-610BT along with tape. I’ll be the Guinea Pig. LOL.
Eager to hear confirmation that it works as expected!
I just printed the first 1X labels and wanted to let you know that the Brother PT-610BT Label Printer works like a charm. I highly recommend it for the price and ease of operation and you might want to try it yourself.
Steven, thank you for confirming that the new printer and app are compatible with these labels. I will update the website to reflect compatibility with these new printers as they might offer a better value than some of the older models.
Thanks again for giving me an update on compatibility!
Hi Tom, I’m currently re-organizing my Akro-Mils storage units and adding a couple of new ones. I was wondering if there will be a new batch of labels coming out before the end of the year? If so, the timing couldn’t be better 🙂
Hello! I feel like we were cut from the same cloth! Anyway, I have printed the labels out on regular paper, so I can get an idea of how big they look on the drawers, etc and to use them on larger storage. Thank you for creating these! I have a Bluetooth printer, similar to the one you’ve mentioned, though it’s not Brother brand; any tips or ideas on getting these labels ready to print on it? Is there any program that I can use to edit these? I would love to be able to select specific ones to print at one time, given the pieces and drawers I have at the moment. I may be over thinking , but this is worth supporting and it’s so well-done.
Katie, wanted to address two questions you asked:
It is something I continue to think about, though!
I find it extremely easy to print only the labels I want, using the Brother P-Touch editor software:
1. Open the sheet that has the part you want, select the part (image + text) and copy it (Ctrl-C or Comm-C)
2. Open a new sheet, paste your part (Ctrl-V or Comm-V)
3. The part may appear in the middle of the sheet, so while it’s still selected, use the arrow keys to move it left
4. Repeat if you want to select more parts, from different sheets,
5. Print or Save your new sheet.
Are there older versions of the contact sheet for older and/or retired items?
This collection of labels focuses on current production parts, but includes some parts which were retired since I started the collection about 10 years ago, plus an assortment of very popular retired parts, mostly from the 1980’s.
I have not removed any labels from the collection, so older versions of the PDF will not have extra labels for retired parts. Instead, you will see that the last couple pages of the PDF include the retired parts which I have created labels for.
Hello, first, thanks so much for the labels. I wish there was a way to make a single non-membership donation to support the project.
Also, I’ve noticed an error on TECHNIC_pin_1.lbx, the second part (1/2 Pin Friction) has the number 4274 when it should be 89678.