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Scratch 3.0
Scratch 3.0 Prototype.png
Release Date (beta) August 1, 2018[1]
(official) January 2, 2019[2]
Programming language HTML5 / JavaScript
Predecessor 2.0

Scratch 3.0 is an announced version of Scratch to succeed Scratch 2.0. It is a complete redesign and reimplementation of Scratch.

The public alpha release was released at in January 2018. The beta version was released at on the 1st of August, and the official version will be available on January 2nd, 2019.[2] The offline editor will be also available. The name "Scratch 3.0" was first implied by Scratch Team member Andrew Sliwinski (thisandagain) in May 2016, following the trend.[3] It was later confirmed by the preview FAQ in January 2018. No blocks will be removed.[2]

Scratch 3.0 is written in HTML5, which is a general term for the latest HTML, CSS, and Javascript web-based markup and programming languages. Scratch 3.0 will primarily use the WebGL, Web Workers, and Web Audio Javascript libraries.[4] Javascript is a widely supported language across all web browsers, and WebGL was picked for its speed and ability to perform operations like "touching color." Unlike Adobe Flash, Javascript works without requiring any plugins. Internet Explorer will not be supported.[5]

An early version of the Scratch 3.0 sound recorder.


The current Scratch 3.0 editor favicon.

Currently, the editor of Scratch 3.0 is available here, and a less stable version with newer features can be found here. The code and development can be viewed on GitHub here.

Upcoming Features

The following is a partial list of new features that Scratch 3.0 may contain:

  • Mobile device support via an HTML5 based editor.[4][6] Phones will be able to play but will not be able create projects at the August launch. Tablets will be able to play and create projects at launch.[7]
  • Set pen [color v] to () :: pen and change pen [color v] by () :: pen blocks. The drop-down menu options are Color, Saturation, Brightness, and Transparency. [8]
  • When a project is created, there will already be a variable simply called (my variable) included.
  • Change Effect () by () (Sound block) which change how a sound sounds.
  • A [] contains []? :: operators block that reports whether the first string contains the second.[9]
  • An (item # of [string] in [list v] ::list) block that reports the item number of the first match of the string, or 0 if no such value is found.[10]
  • Several extra options for the “touching ()?” boolean, including “any edge”, “mouse-position”, and “left edge”.[11]
  • A glide () secs to [ v] :: motion block that acts like glide () secs to x: () y: () with a dropdown that includes mouse-pointer and sprites..[12]
  • Pen Blocks and MIDI sound blocks are extensions, and not shown by default.[13] This is meant to prevent confusion for New Scratchers, but it often confuses many existing Scratchers.[14]
  • A thinner Helvetica font in the paint editor.
  • A set drag mode[draggable v] ::sensing block.[15]
  • go to [front v] ::looks and go [forward v] (1) layers ::looks blocks instead of go to front and go back (1) layers.[16]
  • (costume [number v] ::looks) and (backdrop [number v] :: looks) blocks, which also include "name" in the dropdown, instead of (costume #) and (backdrop #).[17]
  • The Video Sensing blocks will become an extension.[18] There will also be at least 5 new extensions including Lego Boost, Speech, Translate, Micro:BIT and Scratch Bit.
  • Internet Explorer will not be a supported browser.[5]
  • PicoBoard and LEGO WeDo 1.0 will not be supported.[19]
  • The addition of a pause button.[20]
  • A Google Translate extension.[2]
  • clear will be renamed erase all ::pen.



See Also


  2. a b c d
  3. thisandagain. (18/5/2016). "No name has been decided, but most likely it will simply be called 'Scratch 3.0'."
  4. a b ErnieParke. (23/12/2016).
  5. a b "Internet Explorer will NOT be supported."
  6. mres. (19/5/2016). "Scratch Blocks will be suitable for a broad range of devices (from mobile phones to desktops)."
  7. "Scratch 3.0 will work on desktop, laptop, and tablet devices (iOS and Android). In addition projects will be able to be played on mobile phones. Mobile phone project creation support is in progress but will not be available in August."
  8. thisandagain. (16/2/2017). "Decision from design discussion:change pen transparency by [10] :: penset pen transparency to [50] :: pen"
  9. thisandagain. (10/8/2017). ‘Implement “[string] contains [string]” reporter.[title]’
  10. thisandagain. (10/8/2017). ‘Implement “item # of [string] in [dropdown]”.[title]’
  11. thisandagain. (10/8/2017). ‘Update “touching [drop down]?” reporter.[title]’
  12. thisandagain. (10/8/2017). ‘Implement “glide [number] secs to [drop down]”.[title]’
  13. ericrosenbaum. (3/10/2017). "We are moving the pen blocks to an extension."

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