3 Things To Know About Scratch 3.0

A new version of Scratch is coming this August!

The Scratch Team
Apr 5, 2018 · 3 min read

Update: June 18, 2018

We’ve been excited by all the enthusiasm around Scratch 3.0. We’re now ready to share more details to help you plan for this new version of Scratch.

Beta Launch

Starting in August 2018, we’ll be inviting everyone to try out the Beta version of the Scratch 3.0 programming editor (beta.scratch.mit.edu). During this Beta phase, the current Scratch online editor and community (scratch.mit.edu) will continue to be available.

Full Launch

On January 2, 2019, we’ll integrate the Scratch 3.0 editor into the online community (scratch.mit.edu). A stand-alone, offline version of the Scratch 3.0 programming editor will also be available.

Check out our FAQ for answers to more questions.


Every day, we’re amazed and delighted by the incredible diversity of games, stories, and animations that children create and share with Scratch. This August, we’ll be launching a new generation of Scratch, called Scratch 3.0, that aims to expand how kids can create and share, and how educators can support student learning with Scratch. This new version will include new images, new support materials, and new programming capabilities — and it runs on a wider variety of devices (including tablets).

A preview of the new Scratch 3.0 editor

As we prepare for the launch of Scratch 3.0, we want to help you prepare too. So we put together a quick overview of three things to know about Scratch 3.0.

1. Scratch 3.0 will have more ways to create and share

  • Choose from dozens of new characters, backdrops, and sounds
  • New paint and sound editors make it easier to remix and manipulate characters, music, and sounds
  • With the new extension system, children can program physical devices (like micro:bit) and web services (like Google Translate)
Google Translate extension — one of many new extensions coming in Scratch 3.0

2. Scratch 3.0 will have new support for getting started

Change Size — One of many new how-to videos for creating with Scratch

3. Scratch 3.0 is still the Scratch you know and love

  • All existing programming blocks will still be there (and we’re adding some new ones!)
  • Scratch 3.0 will be translated and available in many different languages
  • The offline versions of Scratch 1.4 and Scratch 2.0 will still be available
  • Scratch will continue to be free for all!

For more details on what’s coming in Scratch 3.0, check out our
Scratch 3.0 FAQ.

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Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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Scratch is a programming language and the world’s largest online community for kids. It is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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