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Scratch 2.0
Scratch Layout.png
Release Date 5/9/2013
Programming language Flash
Predecessor 1.4
Successor 3.0
when green flag clicked
jump (1) pixels

define jump (height) pixels
repeat (5)
change y by ((height) / (5))
repeat (5)
change y by ((-1) * ((height) / (5)))
Custom blocks in Scratch 2.0
The vector paint editor
The bitmap paint editor
Cloud variables

Scratch 2.0, also known as Scratch 2,[1] was the second major version of Scratch, following Scratch 1.4. It featured a redesigned editor and website, and it was the first version that included the online editor as well as an offline one. It went into public beta on January 28, 2013,[2] and it was officially released on May 9, 2013. The 2.0 beta site and the old 1.4 site were both taken down from May 6 to May 8 so the Scratch Team could move the projects across.[3]


Main article: Development of Scratch 2.0

Scratch 2.0 was announced by andresmh on the Scratch Forums in January 2010. The first released experiment by the Scratch Team as part of 2.0's development was the Experimental Viewer, in August 2010. Later, in 2011, a beta Flash Player was released for projects, which logged-in users could choose to use. In 2012, this was replaced by a version of the alpha editor; this version was made the default for all users that October.

In May 2011, the first known version of the project editor, the prealpha, was released to a limited audience at Scratch Day @ MIT. A little while after this, the Scratch Team started posting updates, called Scratch 2.0 Progress Reports, to their blog. The new website and redesigned project editor, by then in the alpha stage (at, were premiered for a few days to the public for Scratch Day 2012, a year later. Over the rest of 2012, people were brought in to test this version: community moderators and selected educators; Collab Counselors, former curators, Scratch Design Studio curators, TBG moderators, and a group of 500 volunteers. Some users were also able to infiltrate and use the program due to a glitch.[4]

In December 2012, the public beta was announced to begin on January 28, 2013. It was available at from then on until its full release, upon which it replaced the previous website.

On May 13, 2014, the source code for Scratch 2.0 was released.[5] It is available at LLK/scratch-flash on GitHub.

Offline Editor

The Scratch 2.0 offline editor was released on August 26, 2013. It had few differences from the online editor, most notably, the lack of the Backpack and a different color used when text is selected. It can be downloaded here.


Scratch was completely rewritten in Adobe Flash for version 2.0 but still ran projects from older versions of Scratch. It was still completely free and without ads. Due to the new features and different programming language, Scratch 2.0 projects were saved in the .sb2 format instead of the previous .sb format. However, projects uploaded from Scratch 1.4 can still be downloaded from the project page in the .sb format. Scratch 2.0 features many new additions to both the program and website.

Note Caution: Once a project is saved in the Scratch 2.0 editor, its format will be adjusted to .sb2 and cannot be reverted without the use of an external program. This means it cannot open in Scratch 1.4.
New Features

Scratch 2.0 introduced several new features:

Beta criticism

Early in 2013 during the beta, some people disliked Scratch 2.0. They complained of a bad paint editor[7][8] and confusing project editor.[9] After the final release, the criticism slowly ceased as users finally adapted to the new environment.

Known bugs

One of the bugs in Scratch 2.0 was the ability for Scratchers to follow users who they could not normally follow, such as themselves or deleted users. To follow such users, the following JavaScript code was used:

$.ajax({type: "PUT",url: "",data: {usernames: Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username}})

Examples of New Features and Blocks

define Custom Block
say [This is a custom block.]

Custom Block
(☁ Cloud Data)
set [☁ Cloud Data v] to ()

change [☁ Cloud Data v] by ()


See also: Category:Scratch 2.0 Images



  1. iTweak0r. (19/4/2015). “They renamed Scratch 2.0 to Scratch 2 a while ago.” post:954644
  2. Lightnin. (13/12/2012). “Scratch 2.0 will be open for beta testing starting January 28th![title]” ar-topic:111325
  3. Lightnin. (24/4/2013). “Both the old and new Scratch websites will be closed for 3 days, on May 6, 7, 8 .” topic:4130
  4. Wes64. (17/8/2013). “Yes, I did “infiltrate”, and in fact I was able to do so right up until I was actually given the beta password after my curatorship. I even made projects and saved them to my machine.” post:114120
  5. scimonster. (13/5/2014). “The ST has, at long last, open-sourced the Flash player!” topic:38755
  6. Bernd Gärtner. (17/4/2012). “I'm really excited about custom blocks in Scratch 2.0!”
  7. Rocker98585. (28/3/2013). “I hate the new Paint Editor. It disgusts me to the very top.” topic:3510
  8. unicorn0125. (1/2/2013). “I can't draw correctly on 2.0!!! It is WAYYYY harder than 1.4.” post:9737
  9. pinkkoala25. (3/2/2013). “The editor is so confusing!” topic:1819

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