A project thumbnail as displayed on the Scratch Website

A project is a creation made in the Scratch Program. Projects can be games, simulations, animations, pieces of art or music, or anything else possible to create with the Scratch software, although they usually fit into one of six main genres, most commonly games and animations.

As of September 2021, there are over 84 million shared projects on the Scratch Website.[1]

Creation

A project is created in the Scratch program's editor, which is the interface for designing and programming a project on Scratch. Projects can be shared from the Scratch 3.0 online editor, the offline editor, or Scratch 1.4. To access the online editor, click "Create" on the navigation bar at the left top of the website.

The "Create" button

One can still create projects without being signed in on the website but to upload/share them they must log in. An alternative option would be to download the project onto one's computer to save it, then upload it in a new project.

Note Warning: Your project will not be saved if you aren't logged in.
The "New Project" button

One can also create a project by going to the My Stuff page and clicking the "New Project" button.

Name

Main article: Project Name
A user's tenth untitled project

To change the name of a project in the editor or on the viewer, click the text box above the player frame and edit the text. A new project has the name "Untitled", or "Untitled-n" where n is one more than the previous number of untitled projects.

Sharing

Main article: Project Sharing
The share button in the Scratch 2.0 offline editor

Once a project has been created, it can be shared with the world. The method of sharing depends on what version of Scratch one is using and where the project is being shared from:

  • Scratch 2.0/3.0 online editor — log in in to Scratch account and click "Share" in the top-right for Scratch 2.0, top-centre for Scratch 3.0
  • Scratch 2.0 offline editor — access File > Share to website, and fill in and submit the designated information
  • Project page — near the top of the page, click "Share", which is in a rectangular box
  • Scratch 1.4 — access Share > Share this project online and fill in and submit the designated information

A user cannot share if their email has not been confirmed.

Note Note: There is no limit as to how many projects a user can share to the Scratch website. Uploading projects is and always will be free.

Viewing Projects

To view a project that one has created or in the process of creating is easy. When an account is logged in to, there should be a mail envelope and a file folder in the right hand corner. Click the file folder and one can see all the projects that one has created in the past or are still making. One can also check statistics, as in the following section.

Statistics

Main article: Project Statistics

Below every project's online display, a bar shows the following:

  • Views
  • Favorites
  • Loves
  • Studios that the project is in
  • Remixes the project has

Those values show how successful a project has been in terms of popularity, often guiding users on the chance of their project being front paged.

Project Notes

Main article: Project Notes

Found to the right of each project, the notes and credits section contains information about that project, like changelogs, development notes, and attribution for assets created by others, like music taken from a YouTube video. Above the notes and credits are the instructions, which usually explain how the project works, including any necessary inputs from a user. Users who are logged in can edit both the instructions and the notes and credits of their own projects.

Embedding Projects

Main article: How to Embed a Project

When a user clicks the "Embed' button, a box will open that contains a text box with the embed code and a share link to the right. Paste the embed code in an HTML editor to have the project display there.

Note Note: Embedded projects cannot be viewed in fullscreen.

Reporting Projects

Main article: Report (website feature)
The button to press if one thinks a project is inappropriate

One reports a project when it violates the Community Guidelines. For example, if the project contained swear words, was disrespectful to other users, or was simply inappropriate, a logged in user could (and should) report it (comments may also be reported). A member of the Scratch Team will review it, removing it if they consider the reporting necessary.

In order for someone to report a project, they must click the link just below a project that says "Report". They will then have to give a descriptive reason for why they are reporting the project. They will not be able to see any projects they have reported until they have been assessed by a moderator. Afterward, they will be asked to be sure if they are reporting the right project for the right reason.

Depending on the level of the offense, the user may be banned or given a private notification. Repeat offenders will get banned. It is also against the rules to report a project without a good reason, as it wastes the Scratch Team's time when they could be dealing with other projects that are reported for a good reason. People reporting without a good reason may be notified in their Notifications.

Downloading Projects

Main article: Project Downloading
Downloading a project for use in Scratch 1.4

If a logged in user wants to see how a project was made, they can download it by clicking the download button. The button can be reached by going inside a project, clicking File, and clicking "Download". The Download Project button, however, cannot be disabled or removed. This is because if it were, it would be violating the license to play contract.

Other uses for downloading include remixing, collaborating, and playing a project without glitches. When downloaded, a project will often work better than it did online.

Also, if a project was made in Scratch 1.4, and never edited in Scratch 2.0, it can be downloaded for Scratch 1.4 by clicking the "Share To" button and then "download".

Adding Projects to Studios

With "Allow Anyone to Add Projects"

There are two ways to add a project to a studio if a studio allows anyone to add projects.

  1. The most common way is to add it with the grey tab at the bottom of the page. This bar has projects that are either been created by the person adding the project, favorited projects, or projects that have been recently viewed.
  2. The other way is to add by URL. Copy and paste a link into the text box and press "Add by URL".


Without "Allow Anyone to Add Projects"

Other studios do not allow everyone to add projects. These include most Scratch Design Studios and studios who do not want unnecessary projects.

In this case, most of these resort to the comments. Scratchers suggest a project with a link and curators check them to see if they qualify to be in the studio. Then, if they are verified, they then will add it to the studio.

See Also

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