What's New in Scratch 3?

Scratch 3.0 includes a new sound editor, new sprites, new programming blocks, and much more.

A new build

Scratch was originally built with Adobe Flash which is going away soon so the new update is built in HTML5 and a Javascript library called React.

What does that mean for us? 

Scratch can now be used on tablets and almost all hardware, like Raspberry Pi for example!

Scratch Extensions

Scratch extensions is a new feature that allows for Scratch programs to talk to external hardware and online resources. Micro:bit even has its own extension!

Other updates per the Scratch Wiki:

      • Stage is moved to the top right.
      • New modern look and design.
      • Some color changes to blocks. Events Blocks are the color of the Scratch 2.0 Control Blocks, and control blocks are a bit lighter than the old events blocks
      • More Blocks has been renamed My Blocks, and is a shade of light red
      • Some default inputs (the inputs that show up in the Block Palette are different)
      • New Paint Editor and Sound Editor
      • PenVideo Sensing, and Music blocks are now extensions
      • You can now make and play projects on tablets and play them on phones, but currently you cannot edit projects on mobile phones
      • Several extra options for the “touching ()?” boolean, including “any edge”, “mouse-position”, and “left edge”
      • Different fonts: Sans Serif (thin Helvetica), Serif (Times), Handwriting, Marker, Curly, Pixel, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
      • The vector paint editor is now the default editor
      • The Video Sensing blocks are in an extension
      • New extensions: Text to SpeechTranslateMicro:bit, and Lego Mindstorms EV3.
      • Internet Explorer will not be a supported browser
      • PicoBoard and LEGO WeDo 1.0 are not supported
      • The addition of a pause button like in Phosphorus and Sulfurous
      • New blocks!! (below) Click here to learn more about the functionality of these blocks.
This guide was first published on Jan 18, 2019. It was last updated on Jan 18, 2019. This page (What's New in Scratch 3?) was last updated on Dec 05, 2019.