Scratch is the world’s largest coding community for children and a coding language with a simple visual interface that allows young people to create digital stories, games, and animations. Scratch is designed, developed, and moderated by the Scratch Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Scratch promotes computational thinking and problem solving skills; creative teaching and learning; self-expression and collaboration; and equity in computing.
Scratch is always free and is available in more than 70 languages.
Who Uses Scratch?
Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.
Learn to Code, Code to Learn
The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.
Around the World
Scratch is used in more than 200 different countries and territories and is available in more than 70 languages. To change languages, click the menu at the bottom of the page. Or, in the Project Editor, click the globe at the top of the page. To add or improve a translation.
Scratch in Schools
Students are learning with Scratch at all levels (from elementary school to college) and across disciplines (such as math, computer science, language arts, social studies). Educator resources are available on the Scratch For Educators page.
The Scratch Team has received many emails from youth, parents, and educators expressing thanks for Scratch. Want to see what people are saying? You can read a collection of the quotes we’ve received.
The Lifelong Kindergarten group and collaborators are researching how young people create, collaborate, and learn with Scratch. For an overview, see the article Coding at a Crossroads and the book Lifelong Kindergarten. To find out more about the use of Scratch, see the statistics page and the Scratch Annual Report.
Support and Funding
Scratch is available for free, thanks to support from our donors. This support helps us provide kids around the world with opportunities to imagine, create, and share. You can support Scratch by making a donation here.