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Scratch 3.0
Scratch 3.0 Program.png
Release Date January 2, 2019
Programming language HTML5 / JavaScript
Predecessor 2.0
Scratch 3.0 project page.
The Scratch 3.0 sound recorder.

Scratch 3.0 is the third and current major version of Scratch. It was released on January 2, 2019 and is complete redesign and reimplementation of Scratch written in JavaScript.[1] It features a new, modern look and design, and fixed many bugs present in Scratch 2.0. It is compatible with many mobile devices and does not require Flash, enabling users to create from a wider range of locations. Scratch 3.0 is not compatible with Internet Explorer, and it does not require Flash because it was made in preparation for the end of support for Flash, which happened on December 31, 2020.[2]

New Features


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  • New paint editor and sound editor.
  • Projects can now be created on tablets and played on both tablets and phones.
  • Different fonts: Sans Serif (thin Helvetica), Serif (Times), Handwriting, Marker, Curly, Pixel, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
  • The vector paint editor is now the default editor.
  • Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
  • PicoBoard and LEGO WeDo 1.0 are no longer supported.


On January 9, 2019, the Scratch Team released new updates for Scratch 3.0, fixing many bugs Scratchers had reported.[3] They included projects getting stuck on the loading screen, and the love and favorites not showing up. This announcement was shown on the Front Page.

In early-mid January 2019, the front page banner was changed from "The new Scratch is here!" to "Create stories, games, and animations" and "Share with others around the world". Below the banner, there are two buttons: "Start Creating", leading to the project editor, and "Join", leading to a page to create a Scratch account. There was also a video demonstrating what you can create with Scratch.

On April 19, 2019, some more updates were released.[4] It included the Go Direct Force & Acceleration Extension and bug fixes.

On August 1, 2019 updates to the sound editor were released.[5] It made improvements to the sound editor, including the option to select portions of the sound, copying and pasting, and basic keyboard shortcuts to the editor.

On February 13, 2020, an update to the Paint Editor was made. It included the Costume Centering Feature. The tool allows a costume to be centered more easily.

On May 18, 2020, more updates were made to the Paint Editor. It included a feature that made it now possible to zoom out beyond the canvas and more of the Paint Editor can now be seen on different browser sizes.

File Formats

Main article: Scratch File Format

Scratch 3.0 uses .sb3 file format for projects and .sprite3 for sprites. These formats are more efficient than Scratch 2.0 file formats.[citation needed]


Scratch 3.0 was criticized for its lack of new features and changes to the user interface. Some users quit Scratch because they were dissatisfied with the new design and/or did not like the changes made to Scratch.[6]


See Also


  1. Development of Scratch 3.0
  2. https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html
  3. topic:331439 "We want to thank you all for the great feedback you’ve been giving us about Scratch 3.0! We’ve been busy reading what you have to say about it and wanted to update you about some of the work we’re doing in response to this. We designed Scratch 3.0 to be easier to build on than Scratch 2.0 was, so while Scratch 2.0 didn’t change very much, you will see Scratch 3.0 grow over time with new features and extensions."
  4. topic:348127 "We wanted to give you an update on some of the things we’ve been working on since our last post."
  5. topic:365737 "One thing we heard a lot of feedback on has been the Scratch sound editor and today we are excited to share an updated version!"
  6. jandrewg. (2019). ""I have quit scratch because Scratch 3.0 has broken so many good projects."" users:jandrewg

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