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The remix message that appears above a project's notes and credits in Scratch 3.0.

A remix is a modified and shared version of an uploaded project. Remixes, like all projects, are always under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, the license Scratch uses. As of May 2022, around 30% of all recently shared projects are remixes.[1]

The front page row What the Community is Remixing shows the most remixed projects in the past 10 days.

The "Remix" button in the Scratch 3.0 editor.

How to Remix

Main article: Guide to Remixing

One of the goals when creating Scratch was to make it easy for users to download and remix other users' projects. Many users find it fun and interesting because it allows them to learn from, experiment with, and add on to the work of other users.

To remix, one must do the following:

  1. On a Scratch 3.0 project player or editor page, click the green box that says "Remix".
  2. In the project editor, make required changes. If no changes are made, the remix may be reported.
  3. Share the project.

Once shared, the project will display a little notice reading "Thanks to [creator of the original project]", with a link to the original above the remix’s Instructions.

Credit in the Notes and Credits section is encouraged by the Scratch Team but not required. However, it is required to put credit in the Notes and Credits section if one used sprites, sounds, or music from other projects or the internet.[2] Many users like to say what they changed in this section as well as giving credit to the original creator of the project.

Origin of the Word

The Scratch Team uses the word remix because it is what musical artists call changing a song by using the same tune but changing the style. It is also related to the word "Scratch," as in "scratching" like a DJ does with records, also related to music.[3]

Before deciding on remix, it was called "mod",[4] but following the creation of many modifications of the Scratch program, the word "mod" got a new meaning. It is now the name for a Scratch Modification. Mod can also have other meanings.

Remix Trees

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An example of a remix tree.
The link to the remix tree for a project in Scratch 2.0.

The Remix Tree was a way of showing an extensive hierarchy of remixes originating from one project. To access the remix tree of a project, one clicked the "tree" button at the rightmost edge of the project statistics bar. When visualized, hearts were bundled near projects with many love-its, and anyone could navigate through the various branches and explore the chains of remixing. If a project had too many remixes, not all of the remixes would be shown simultaneously. Instead, one could select folders of remixes which will then unravel into other remixes. However, there was an issue where sometimes branches would go under the screen, and the rest of the branch was not visible in any way.

Accessibility in Scratch 3.0

The button was removed in Scratch 3.0, due to its lack of use and necessity.[citation needed] However, remix trees can still be accessed by adding /remixtree to the end of the URL of any shared project.

Remix Chains

Because of the fun in remixing, many projects were created that were intended to be remixed. They usually take over the What the Community is Remixing row in the Front Page. As with art projects, many users see them as meaningless, mostly remakes of animations. Popular types are listed below.

Add Yourself

These projects involve one or some characters doing something and encourages users to remix the project and add another character doing the same thing. These usually make successful lengthy remix chains as more users "add" characters by remixing. Similar things may also be done, including adding items instead of another character.

Coloring Contests

"CC" redirects here. For the copyright, see Creative Commons License.

Coloring Contests, abbreviated CC, are contests where users remix a project containing a character or object in need of coloring, and subsequently color it in. These tend to have "rewards" for the "winners" that the creator of the contest chooses. Some examples of such rewards include likes, love-its, a drawing, or getting a follow. The line-arts often feature animals such as cats, wolves, and dragons, but there are no rules about what to draw.


Many users have created polls using lists.[citation needed] Each list is one position, and the remixers download the project and add their usernames to the appropriate list. For example, in a fictional poll called "Which is better, math or history?," a list called "math" would contain the names of users who like math better and a list called "history" would contain the names of users who like history better.


Main article: Scratch Meme

A meme by definition is

a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.

– dictionary.com[5]

Scratch memes are usually in the form of a video paired with music, or in the form of a "tag your friends" about-me project.

Remakes of animations and games

Popular animations and games often get remixed and then the sprites are replaced with the remixer's own characters or characters relating to the user's chosen theme. The remixes are usually pinned down by some users as they are considered "unoriginal".

Give Me Your OC and I'll ____ it

These projects usually end up on the What The Community Is Remixing row. People draw their OC, or original character and the creator will make changes to it. Examples would be "Give Me Your OC and I'll Meowify It" and "Give Me Your OC and I'll Show You How I Draw It".

Remix Battles

These projects involve one or more characters (two most of the time[citation needed]) fighting each other. Users involved remix the project, adding a new character inside the battle or doing a move. Successful battles often make a lengthy remix chain. The users who want to battle the owner remix the owner's battle project that has a character in it and add their own characters and start a new battle. It acts like a Turn-Based RPG but involves two or more users.

Remix and Sign if You Like ____

These projects center around a specific subject the project creator likes, and asks for users to remix and sign their username in support of the subject. The goal is to get as many signatures as possible. An example of this trend would be "Remix and Sign if You Like Cupcakes"


Similar to "Remix and Sign if You Like ___" projects, these projects also involve receiving as many signatures as possible. They often relate to issues the project creator wants to change, such as bullying or climate change.


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These projects start with the creator making an animation that starts at a beginning phase. One other person will animate the final costume in the original project going to another version of it, to a higher or lower degree. This then continues by people remixing the projects and continuing the animations. An example of this would be if someone made a project animating the number 0, then someone else animates the 0 transforming into the number 1, and then someone animates that going to 2, and so on.

Example Projects

Here are a few examples of remix chains:

What the Community is Remixing

Main article: What the Community is Remixing

On the Front Page, there is a section called "What the Community is Remixing" (previously named "Top Remixed"). Many Scratchers, however, still call it "Top Remixed".[6][7][8] It shows the most remixed projects in the last ten days. Most commonly appearing in this section are drawing contests and remix chains. In fact, the large number of drawing contests and remix chains displayed in this section has caused many Scratchers to think the section is not diverse enough to reflect the variety of remix projects on Scratch. Despite the fact that many Scratchers support its removal, the row remains because one of the main ideas of the Scratch website is remixing. Upon reflection of the issue, the Scratch Team has stated that they support remixing and that the section of the front page will not be removed — rather, they encourage Scratchers to find a way to bring more diversity to the section.[9]

Scratch Design Studio

On February 16, 2016, a new Scratch Design Studio, "Remix-a-thon", encouraged users to remix one of the three pre-made projects. However, there has been more than one "Remix-a-thon"[10] an even older one, which is the first ever Scratch design studio.


Some Scratchers, especially those who specialize in art projects, do not like the remixing feature, and think that there should be a way to disable it. This is a rejected suggestion. There has been controversy over "stealing" art, and although making an exact copy is not allowed, and should be reported, any change, even a very minor change such as a recolor of one sprite, makes it a legitimate remix. One of the largest complaints is about recolors, because some users feel that recoloring an art project or just changing the character sprite in a game, or similar changes, should not qualify as remixes.[11][12][13][14] However, remixes that change something, no matter how small, are allowed. All projects that threaten all kinds of remixes (such as saying "no remixes" and using coded remix "blockers") should be reported.

The Scratch Team strongly discourages "unremixable" projects. One of Scratch's core principles is that anyone can remix another user's project and add their own ideas, as shown in the Community Guidelines[15]. Making unremixable projects is against this principle.

One controversy occurred over remixes which were unrelated to the original project, such as deleting everything in an animation and replacing it with a game, either created by accident or to gain views by showing in the list of remixes to a popular project.[16] This issue is very debatable; some say they do not harm Scratch at all and should be left alone, some say that they game the system and should not be tolerated. The Scratch Team has stated that this is not allowed.[17]

Project Copying

Main article: Project Copying

Some Scratchers, rather than remixing a project, download the project and upload it without changing anything. This is called Project Copying, and this practice is disallowed by the Community Guidelines: any project copies should be reported under the reason 'Exact Copy of Project', with a link to the original project given as the explanation. For this reason, it is recommended[who?] to keep track of remixes of one's project, which is made easier by notifications for remixing.

In addition, people sometimes remix a project and share it without changing anything. These projects should also be reported under the same reason.

Copying One Script One Sprite Projects

There is a way to copy One Sprite One Script Projects without remixing, using the Backpack feature to backpack the sprite, as those kinds of projects use only 1 sprite and 1 script. This has been widely exploited and leads to discouragement for the creators of the original. These projects should be reported.

Remixing One's Own Project

There is a bug that allows one to remix their own project.[18] It involves logging into another account (such as a test account), opening a new tab and looking inside one of the main account's projects, switching back to the main account, and clicking "remix" on the second tab. This will not only give the user a copy of their project, but also make it show up in the remix tree.

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