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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Scratch.
What is the purpose of Scratch?
Scratch is a block-based programming language designed to be easy to use. Scratch is designed for those who are between the age of 8 to 16 years old, but anyone can use it. Scratch is often used as a beginning language, to teach people to code, after knowing Scratch they can learn other languages starting with a bit more experience. Learn more »
Why should I use Scratch?
Scratch is easy to use because programming is done by dragging blocks rather than by typing, and there is no way to make a "syntax error". Scratch cannot be used to access computer files, does not provide first class lists, etc. but projects can be shared with the large online community. Learn more »
Where is Scratch made?
Who created Scratch?
Mitchel Resnick (mres on Scratch) and Andrés Monroy-Hernández (andresmh on Scratch) created Scratch so that people (especially children) all over the world could learn how to code. The Scratch Team also maintains and develops Scratch. Learn more »
Is Scratch free?
Is Scratch secure?
What license are Scratch projects under?
Scratch projects uploaded and shared at the website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 2.0 (CC BY-SA 2.0). If a project is never uploaded to the website, the creator can put whatever license they want on it. Learn more »
Can I sell my Scratch projects?
It is possible to sell Scratch projects. The creator can attach any license they wish to the code. However, once a project is shared on the Scratch Website, it is automatically released under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0 license, which allows anyone else to view or remix it free of charge. This means that you will need to un-share your project from Scratch if you are or plan on selling your project, since the Creative Commons License can never be canceled. It is probably the most practical to sell either a CD with the project or a compiled EXE/APP. Selling copies of the Scratch program itself is not allowed, but according to GPLv2, the program generated by the source code can be sold with its source code. Learn more »
Community Guidelines Questions
How do I report inappropriate content?
To report an inappropriate project, click the "Report this" link below the project. When reporting a comment, a link will be below the comment. For a forum post, click the Report link beneath the post. For a user, the report button is below the "What I've Been Doing" section of their user page. For a studio, the report button is underneath the thumbnail.
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What does the Scratch Team do if they find something inappropriate?
In all cases, the inappropriate material is removed and an alert is sent to the user that had posted the inappropriate content. If the account has recently posted other inappropriate content, they get banned. The amount of time depends on how many offenses they have committed in the past. Creating alternate accounts to get around the ban is not allowed, and those accounts will be banned. Learn more »
What do I do about someone who is copying my projects?
Scratch supports remixing, taking a project and modifying it. If someone copies your project (or anyone else's) and doesn't change anything at all, it is OK to report it, making sure to mention that it is an exact copy and posting a link to the original project. Learn more »
What do I do if I see a Scratcher violating the Community Guidelines?
If you find a Scratcher or group of Scratchers doing something against the Community Guidelines, you should use the report button next to the post or comment. If they did something very serious or did something that cannot be explained through the report button, email the issue to the Scratch Team by using the Contact Us link found at the bottom of every page on Scratch. Learn more »
How do I report a user?
If a user must be reported, it can be done through clicking the "Report this user" button at the bottom right hand of the "What I've been doing" section of their user page. This requires being signed in to a scratch account. Learn more »
Why are some users blocked from accessing the Scratch Website?
If a user was not following the Community Guidelines after repeated warnings, their account will be banned from the website. Sometimes it is more severe, with an entire IP Address or range being banned. Learn more »
You can say things that you like to do, but personal information should not be shared. This includes full names, schools, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Comments and posts containing these should be reported. Learn more »
What is SEO spam?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO spam is used to improve a site's ranking on search engines like Google, which rank based on links toward the site. SEO spam is not allowed on the Scratch site and should be reported. Learn more »
What is phishing?
Phishing is a scam where somebody tricks a user into giving sensitive information such as passwords and usernames away. If this ever happens, contact the Scratch Team by clicking the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page on every page of the Scratch website.
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Scratch Program Questions
What is the current version of Scratch?
What are the system requirements for Scratch?
Running Scratch 3.0's online editor requires a relatively new web browser:
Chrome or Mobile Chrome 63 or higher, Edge 15 or higher, Firefox 57 or higher, Safari or Mobile Safari 11 or higher. Internet Explorer is not supported.
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How do I create a new project?
To make a new project while a Scratch page other than the editor is open, click "Create" at the top of the website navigation bar. This will make a blank project with an "Untitled-(# here) title and the default Scratch Cat sprite. From there, the project can be designed in the Scratch 3.0 Online Editor. In the offline editor, access File > New project to create a new project. Learn more »
How do I create a new sprite?
Sprites can be created by uploading an image, by drawing with the Paint Editor, by choosing from the sprite library, or by selecting a sprite at random. These options are available at the bottom of the stage on the button labeled "Choose a Sprite". Learn more »
Is there an eraser in Vector Mode?
Yes, in the Scratch 3.0 vector editor there is an eraser. It is similar to the bitmap eraser but does not work exactly the same way. Learn more »
How do I put things in my backpack?
To put a sprite, script, sound, costume, or backdrop into the backpack, the user must drag them into the backpack area. Remember that the offline editor does not have a backpack yet, so one will have to do it online. Learn more »
How do I organize my project's scripts?
After you have created your scripts in the editor, right-click the background and select "Clean up Blocks". Your scripts should move so that each is a set space apart, with a script in the top left corner of the script editor. Alternatively, you could simply drag them around the editor and organize them whatever way you want. Learn more »
What sound formats can I import into Scratch?
Can Scratch's project resolution be changed?
No, it cannot be changed. However, the project can be shown in a larger space using full screen mode. When using vector graphics, this will not reduce the quality or cause pixelation, but raster or bitmap graphics will pixelate and become blocky. The Scratch Team was also considering a 16:9 option for Scratch 3.0; however, this was not implemented. Learn more »
Is there a file size limit for a project?
In Scratch 3.0, projects on the Scratch website can only be shared if each individual asset does not exceed 10 MB and the project JSON does not exceed 5 MB. If a message appears saying that the project is too large, it may be helpful to try to compress or remove long sounds, like music. Also, if the project is in Scratch 1.4 or Scratch 2.0, the project can be opened in Scratch 3.0 and uploaded from there. Learn more »
How do I get help about a block?
Open the tips window on the far right side of the Scripts Area in the Scratch editor and select the block that help is needed for for via the "Block" sub-tab or go to 2.0 Tips page for later Scratch versions. This produces information which explains how the blocks work and gives examples on how to use them. Another alternative is to select the "?" tool at the top of the programming window and click on the desired block. Learn more »
Why don't my projects work correctly online?
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When a project is running online, it is actually running in an application called the Flash Player. These players are completely different applications from the Scratch program. They sometimes behave a bit differently from the Scratch Program, which might cause problems for some projects. Learn more »
What is Scratch made with?
What is programming?
Programming is the process of writing instructions (called code) for a computer and placing it in a file (called a program). Learn more »
What can I use variables for?
How do I stop variables from resetting to their default positions?
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In Scratch 1.x, Variables that are hidden when the project is shared lose their locations. The cure is to make sure that all variables are visible and in the correct location when the project is shared, then have a green flag script hide the ones that need to be hidden when the project starts up. Learn more »
Why does my sprite appear upside-down when rotating?
Due to the default rotation style, sprites rotating will appear upside-down. You can change the rotation style of a sprite by selecting it and using the buttons that appear when clicking on the direction input in the header of the Sprite Pane. "Left-right" is most likely the best for this. Learn more »
Why can't I save my costumes or sounds?
When the costume's or the sound's name includes a special symbol like :, the save prompt might not open. To solve this, remove the character from the name. Learn more »
How many people use Scratch?
How do I remix a project?
To remix a project, click the green Remix button next to the See inside button in the top right corner of the project page. Alternately, on the project page click See Inside and in the top-right of the project editor, click on the Remix button to upload the project as a remix from an account. Learn more »
To unshare a project, one must go to their My Stuff page, and click unshare next to the project that they want to unshare. The project will not be deleted so if the user would like to reshare the project they unshared, they can - and the unshare button will replace the share button. Learn more »
How do I delete a project?
To delete a project from the website, go to your My Stuff page (make sure that you're logged in). Scroll down until you see the projects that you want to delete. If your project is shared, click "unshare" next to the project, then click "delete." If your project is already unshared, you just have to click "delete." To permanently delete it, go to your trash and click the Empty Trash button, then confirm your password. The project is now permanently deleted. To delete projects from your hard drive, delete the .sb, .sb2 or .sb3 file like any other. Learn more »
How do I create a studio?
How do I delete a studio?
To delete a studio, go to your My Stuff page (while logged in). Select the Studios tab and look for the studio that you want to delete. When you find it, click "Delete" next to the studio name. Please note that you can only delete your own studios. Learn more »
How do I decline a studio invitation?
How do I add a curator to a studio I curate?
Managers can add curators to studios by navigating to the "Curators" tab and pressing the button that says "Invite Curators". A dialog appears containing all users the manager is following (with the additional option of typing a name), with an error message if they have already been invited or they are already a curator of the studio. The user will receive a notification inviting them to curate the studio, in which they can choose to curate the studio or ignore the invitation. It is not currently possible to decline studio invitations. Learn more »
Why can't I invite someone to a studio?
Scratchers must confirm their email address in order to be eligible for studio invitations. The same user can only be invited a single time as a preventative measure against repeated unwanted invites. Some Scratchers have also encountered rate limits when inviting too many users. Learn more »
How do I promote someone to manager?
Can I update my existing project with a new one?
What should I do about unfriendly comments?
If a comment is found which sounds rude/mean/unfriendly or seems like spam, click on the 'Report' link to the top right of every comment that breaks the Community Guidelines. This will report the comment to the Scratch Team so they can review it. If the comments continue, and nothing changes, one can use the "contact us" link found at the bottom of every page. Never make a forum post, project, studio, or comment to say that someone made a mean comment to the user.
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Why do new users have to wait between comments?
The rule requiring New Scratchers to wait 30 seconds between comments exists mainly to prevent spam caused by New Scratchers. This restriction is greatly relaxed for users of Scratcher status. Learn more »
Will Scratch ever get private messaging?
No. Private messaging goes against Scratch's model of having all site activity public. This has been suggested and rejected several times. Learn more »
How do I get my projects to become popular?
How can I get my project featured?
Why don't items show up in a search?
The Scratch website uses its own engine; as this engine takes up to a few days to add new pages, it consequently does not show new projects. All of these should show up in at most a week. Sometimes if a project is censored or marked NFE, it also will not show up. Learn more »
Can I still upload projects created in older versions of Scratch?
Scratch 2.0 offers an "Upload to Scratch website" option. Scratch 1.x offers a "Share" option. Scratch 0.x does not offer the ability to upload projects, but .scratch files can be converted to .sb files by opening them with Scratch 1.x. Learn more »
How do some Scratchers get special roles in Scratch?
Most special roles in Scratch can only be obtained through Scratch Team invitation. However, there are several that can be applied for. Note that Scratcher status is needed to do any of these. Learn more »
How can I reset my password?
Open the Scratch website and click the Sign In link — this is where a user enters their password to log in to the Scratch website. At the bottom-right of the login menu is a "Need Help?" link, which directs you to a page where you can enter information to reset the forgotten password. Then there are two options: enter your username or enter the email address associated with it. Once the information is filled out, click the light-grey "Send me a password reset link!" button, which will automatically send an email in which you can reset your password. If you choose to enter your username, it will send the email to the linked email account, and vice versa. Learn more »
I forgot my username. How can I get it back?
If you forgot your username, you can search for the titles of projects you shared, forum topics and studios you created, or projects you commented on, and see if you can recover it from there. If you email the Scratch Team from the address you signed up with, they may be able to find your username. You can also go to the password reset page and enter the email address you registered with, and your username will be emailed to you. Learn more »
How do I change my user icon?
Can I have more than one account?
Yes, it is allowed, as long as they are not being used to violate the Community Guidelines and not being used to evade a ban on another account. On the Scratch Wiki, users cannot have another wiki account, unless it is an approved bot, as it is otherwise known as sockpuppeting. Learn more »
Is it possible to change my username?
No. The only way to change a username is to open an entirely new account, but please note that data such as projects, studios, followers, and forum posts will not be transferred.
It is possible, but uncommon, that the Scratch Team may make an exception upon request for usernames that reveal personal information or cause gender dysphoria, and in general this only will be done for well-established Scratchers. The Scratch Team will then transfer all projects, loves, favorites, and other information to a new account with a different username. Learn more »
How do I change my email address?
First one must login to their Scratch account, and click on their username in the top right corner. A drop-down menu will appear. Click the "Account settings" button. On the left of the page, three tabs will be seen. They are: "Account", "Password" and "Email". Click the "Email" tab. Find the "Type new Email" box, and enter the new email address. Then, enter the accounts password into the box below. Then, click the "Change email" button. The email has now been changed. Learn more »
How do I become a Scratcher?
To be promoted from New Scratcher to Scratcher, you must have shared at least two projects and you must have created your Scratch account at least 2 weeks previously. You will receive a notification some time after you meet these requirements. Learn more »
What is the difference between a Scratcher and a New Scratcher?
The differences between being a Scratcher and being a New Scratcher are quite minor differences. Scratchers have the 60-Second Rule when posting, while New Scratchers have the 120-Second Rule which was originally 1000 seconds but was lowered slowly. Learn more »
How do I change/create my forum signature?
Scroll to the bottom of the main page of the Scratch forums and click the link labelled "change your signature". Alternatively, users can go to https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/settings/USERNAME replacing "USERNAME" with their username. Learn more »
Why are there some forums I can not post in?
Only the Scratch Team and moderators can post new topics in the Announcements forum. However, all community members can post replies. This is to prevent false official-looking topics. Only the Scratch Team and Scratch Mentors can post new topics in the Scratch Helper Groups forum. Note that anyone can still post in these forums. Learn more »
How can I be a Scratch Team member?
There are a few set requirements that one must meet in order to apply to become a Scratch Team member. One must be at least 18 years old to apply, as being a member of the team is a real job. One must also have the legal right to work in their country. Learn more »
Which forum should my post go in?
Sometimes there is confusion as to what forum to put your post into. The general rule is to follow the guidelines in the forum description. If a topic is posted in the wrong forum, it will likely be moved by a moderator. Learn more »
How do I close a forum topic I created?
To close a forum topic, the topic must be more than 24 hours old and the user who created the topic must be a Scratcher. If these conditions are met, a "close topic" button will be visible below the "submit post" button for the user that created it. If this option is not available, users are encouraged to report the post to ask for it to be closed. A member of the Scratch Team will then review the topic and decide whether to close it or not. If the topic is closed and needs to be reopened, a user can report the post asking for it to be reopened. Learn more »
How can I see how many posts I have?
What is forcefitting?
Forcefitting is when you try to force a topic into a forum where it does not belong because it does not fit in any of the forums. It mostly happens in the Things I'm Making and Creating and Things I'm Reading and Playing forums.
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Do most users use the forums?
Less than 1% of Scratchers use the Scratch Discussion Forums. The majority of Scratchers only use the main website to share and view projects with some not creating any projects at all. The removal of the header link does not seem to have had a significant impact on the number of users who access the forums. Learn more »
Scratch Modification Questions
What license is the Scratch source code under?
The Scratch Source Code is available under two licenses: the GPL v2, and the Scratch Source Code License. To create a Scratch modification, it is recommended to start with the SSC Licensed version, which does not contain media trademarked to Scratch, or the ability to upload projects to the official Scratch website. Learn more »
What is a Scratch Modification?
A Scratch modification, alternatively known as a mod, is an edited version of the Scratch program. A common purpose behind making Scratch modifications is usually the addition of new features to the original Scratch program. Because of the extra features and/or blocks, these versions are not supported by the original Scratch program and online players, and the Scratch website does not allow sharing of such projects. Scratch modifications may not "Scratch" in them by license, with the exception of attribution to Scratch. Learn more »
What is the point of Scratch modifications?
Each modification has its own design goal and reason for creation. Some, such as Snap!, add complex data structures. Others add lots of new blocks. Each provides a unique experience, and aims to change Scratch, for the better. Learn more »
How can I create my own Scratch modification?
You must know Squeak to create your own Scratch modification. However, some modifications have spots on their teams that do not require Squeak knowledge, such as graphic designer or brainstormer. Learn more »
What is advertising?
What is the Scratch Conference?
The annual Scratch Conference offers an opportunity to explore the creative ways that people are programming and learning with Scratch. Its participants can share ideas, discuss strategies, and participate in hands-on workshops with educators, developers, and researchers from the worldwide Scratch community.
- Za-Chary. (16/07/21). "I would like to see if it is possible to word it in such a way that you are not giving a 'complete list' of times when a username could be changed, while also highlighting that, in general, username changes are not possible. Typically, those whose usernames are changed have already established themselves as being a positive member of the Scratch community, e.g. by sharing lots of projects and having an account for a long time." users:Za-Chary#comments-150928057
- Za-Chary. (16/07/21). "The only reasons I have ever seen a username get changed is for it being their real name and for gender dysphoria (the latter of which I have only seen one case for). I'm not sure that we would change a username because it is 'inappropriate' — I would think we would catch the inappropriate username sooner than later." users:Za-Chary#comments-150928247
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