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Scratch For Windows

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About Scratch

Developed by MIT's Media Lab with young aspiring developers in mind, Scratch is a colorful and simplified app that serves as an introduction to programming logic through the creation and animation of characters, or "sprites."

Key Features

1. Visual Programming Interface
Scratch provides a user-friendly visual programming interface. It consists of a four-panel window that organizes elements into a library, scripting arena, staging area, and preview window. This intuitive layout allows users to easily access and manipulate programming elements related to motion, sounds, and senses.

2. Drag-and-Drop Scripting
Using Scratch's drag-and-drop scripting feature, users can snap together programming blocks in the scripting area to create actions and interactions for their sprites. These blocks represent objects, actions, rules, and conditions of a programming language, enabling users to animate their sprites, make them speak, play music, and interact with other sprites.

3. Beginner-Friendly and Versatile
One of Scratch's notable strengths is its ability to accommodate both beginners and more experienced programmers. The controls are designed to be intuitive, allowing young learners to start with simple maneuvers. However, they are also robust enough to support the creation of complex games and scripts. Users can experiment with different effects, building elaborate projects and games that can be shared with family and other Scratch users.

Scratch's combination of simplicity and versatility makes it a powerful learning tool for budding developers. Its visual programming interface, drag-and-drop scripting, and support for both basic and advanced projects ensure that users can explore and experiment with various programming concepts in a creative and engaging manner. Whether users are just starting their programming journey or want to develop more complex projects, Scratch provides a platform for learning and sharing their creations.

Reviewed by Staff


Updated onMay 31, 2012
Operating systemWindows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista

Old Versions

May 31, 2012
exe32 bit
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How to download and Install Scratch on Windows PC

  • Click on the Download button to start downloading Scratch for Windows.
  • Open the .exe installation file in the Downloads folder and double click it.
  • Follow the instructions in the pop-up window to install Scratch on Windows PC.
  • Now you can open and run Scratch on Windows PC.