Category List
Type Reporter
Introduced in 1.3

The () block is a List block and a Reporter block. The block simply reports the items of its list as a string.

Whenever a list is created, a version of the block appears with the list's name on it; this results in a version of this block for every list.

If all of the items in a list are single characters, nothing is put between the items.[note 1] Otherwise, a space is put between each pair of items.

This block can be displayed as a Stage monitor, but the monitor will show the items in the list on separate lines, instead of all together.

Example Uses

The List reporter block is used infrequently;[citation needed] most information needed can be accessed by using other reporters for the list. However, here are a couple uses for this block.

Some common uses for the () block:

  • Join separate characters/words together:
say (sentence::list)
  • Setting a variable to the value of this block so that a list local to a sprite can be transferred:
set [unlock v] to (list::list)


Main article: List of Block Workarounds

This block can be replicated with the following code:

set [count v] to [0]
set [all are 1 v] to [true]
repeat until <<(all are 1) = [false]> or <(count) > (length of [list v])>>
change [count v] by (1)
if <(length of (item (count) of [list v])) > [1]> then
set [all are 1 v] to [false]
if <(all are 1) = [true]> then
set [report v] to []
set [count v] to [0]
repeat (length of [list v])
change [count v] by (1)
set [report v] to (join (report) (item (count) of [list v]))
set [report v] to (item (1 v) of [list v])
set [count v] to [1]
repeat ((length of [list v]) - (1))
change [count v] by (1)
set [report v] to (join (report) (join [] (item (count) of [list v])))


Due to the nature of the Scratch interface, it was possible to create an input on a List block by entering %m, %n, or %s. This was patched in v423.

Before Scratch 3.0 was released, lists weren't able to be renamed, even though variables could be.

%m, %n, or %s will create the cor­re­spond­ing input in the () block.


  1. If any items are numbers added by a Reporter Block, à la add ((2) + (0)) to [list v], rather than a constant value, like add [2] to [list v], then there will be spaces between the values even if all of the numbers are single-digit numbers. See: https://github.com/LLK/scratch-gui/issues/6538

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