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An extension is a category of blocks that can be added to the Block Palette and extends the scope of the Scratch editor. Extensions make it possible to connect Scratch projects with external hardware (such as LEGO WeDo or micro:bit), sources of information on the web (such as Google Translate and Amazon Text to Speech), or blocks allowing for more advanced functionality. They add a collection of command and reporter blocks that can be used to interact with a particular device or data source. When an extension is enabled, its blocks appear in a location with the same name as the extension.
To add an extension, press the blue icon at the bottom-left of the screen under the block categories. This will open the Extensions Library, and one can choose an extension. The extension will then show up in the block categories.
If an extension was added, but none of its blocks are used in the project, reloading the project will automatically remove the extension.
- Main article: List of Extensions
11 extensions are available on Scratch 3.0. Three extensions simply add blocks that weren't in extensions in Scratch 2.0, two are web extensions, which connect Scratch to additional functions on the Internet, and six are hardware extensions, which connect Scratch to an external device.
- Video Sensing
- Text to Speech
- Makey Makey
- LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
- LEGO BOOST
- LEGO Education WeDo 2.0
- Go Direct Force & Acceleration
The following extensions are only available on the Raspberry Pi release of Scratch:
Some features allow one to write one's own extensions.
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An extension distribution strategy is still being worked out. The Scratch team will probably host a small library of "supported" extensions. Users will be able to browse and select extensions from this library from within the Scratch editor. Supported extensions would be checked for quality and safety by the Scratch team. There likely are strict criteria for including an extension in the Scratch-team supported extensions library, such as command set clarity and ease of use, size of the potential audience, widespread availability of any associated hardware, and a long-term commitment to support the extension.
Projects with experimental extensions cannot be shared on the Scratch website and will result in a pop-up message whenever a user tries to share a project with experimental extensions. Extension developers can share their extensions by distributing Scratch 2 project files (.sb2). Users can then use the "File > Upload from computer" command to import the project that uses the extension.
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- Main article: ScratchX
ScratchX was a gallery of experimental extensions that one could try out on the ScratchX website. The website could be found here. There were multiple Scratch extensions on ScratchX. It was discontinued in Scratch 3.0, due to the extensions being supported in the main Scratch editor, but it remains available to use here.
- Main article: Scratch Lab
Scratch Lab is a website made by the Scratch Team to test extensions that could possibly be added to Scratch 3.0. As of February 2022, 2 extensions are available. These are Animated Text and Face Sensing. Scratch Lab can be found here.
- Adding Extensions via Developer Tools
- Developing Scratch Extensions (forum)
- Hardware that can Connect to Scratch
- How to Connect to the Physical World
- LEGO Education WeDo Robotics Kit
- Making ScratchX Extensions
- Remote Sensor Protocol in Scratch 1.4
- Scratch 1.4 Modifications
- Scratch Modification
- Scratch Lab