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"Search" redirects here. For the Scratch Wiki search page, see Special:Search.

The Scratch website has a custom search bar for easily navigating and exploring various projects and studios. The search bar is located at the top of every page on the website.

The search bar is located at the center of the navigation bar.

Since Hour of Code 2013, the search engine was replaced by the Google Custom Search Engine due to increasing traffic. Despite the announcement that the traditional engine would be put back at the end of the event, this was not added until July 2016.[1]

Update History

In 2016, the search engine was updated. The goal of the update was to make the search engine usable by Chinese Scratchers. The previous search engine used Google, which is blocked by the great firewall of mainland China. The current search engine uses a custom search. The update was also aimed at making search results more relevant.[2]

The 2016 update spawned many complaints and protests,[3][4] due to the limited functionality of the engine. Flaws included irrellevent results popping up, very high project statistics, popular projects coming in first, and inability to search for users and forum topics. The Scratch Team stated that they plan to add functionality back to the search bar.[2]


To search for something, one must type a keyword or desired item in the search bar at the top. Hitting the 'enter' or 'return' key or clicking on the magnifying glass in the search bar will open up a separate webpage where the search results are rendered and displayed. If there are no results, it will say "Nothing found".[5]

Keywords prone to NFE projects, such as "Slenderman" and "Doki Doki literature club", will not show any results at all, regardless of any FE projects for the keywords.


The search categories.

Search results are divided into categories for grouping similar results and organization. Categories make it easier to access the desired page one is looking for, as Scratch is diverse. The new search bar only has two categories (projects and studios), unlike the Google Custom Search, which had 5.


This is the default category when a search is submitted. It only displays Scratch project results related to the characters or terms that were searched.


This category displays studios only as results of the specified search.

Popular and Trending

There is also a drop down menu with the options of "Trending" and "Popular". This is another way to get their wanted results.


This will show the most popular projects/studios of any time, based on the search. Popular is the default setting.


This will show the projects/studios that are currently getting more attention than others.

Tips on Searching

Sometimes it can be difficult to find something one wants through the Search Bar. In those scenarios, here are some tips:

  • Only use key words.
  • Narrow your search down through what you know.
  • Try several variations of the words in your search.
  • You can try to use quotation marks around a phrase so it will look for that exact phrase.

See Also


  1. topic:207768
  2. a b [[users:st19_galla/#comments-25680762 |Scratch Conference @ MIT 2016]]
  3. topic:207789
  4. topic:207952
  5. https://scratch.mit.edu/search/projects?q=this%20search%20has%20no%20results