Frequently Asked Questions about Scratch 1.4
What resources are available to help me learn how to use Scratch
For a step-by-step introduction, download the Scratch
1.4 Getting Started Guide. The Scratch
1.4 Reference Guide has a thorough explanation of the
Scratch interface and programming language. Scratch
Cards provide brief explanations that show how to make
animations and interactive projects with Scratch.
What are the system requirements for Scratch 1.4?
Display: 800 x 480 or larger, thousands or millions of colors
(16-bit color or greater)
Operating System: Windows 2000 or later, Mac OS X 10.4 or later,
Ubuntu Linux 9.04 or later (For other versions of Linux, see the
Linux Installer page)
Disk: at least 120 megabytes of free space to install Scratch.
CPU and memory: Most computers have enough memory to run Scratch
1.4, but very old computers may run Scratch slowly.
Sound / Video: Sound playback requires speakers (or headphones),
and recording requires a microphone. Many laptops have speakers
and microphones built in. Scratch 1.4 can use a USB or built-in
What if I get an error when I try to upload or share my project
to the Scratch website?
1. File too big. The largest file limit is 10 MB. To shrink the size
of your Scratch project, click the Edit menu > and select
compress sounds, or compress images. If you have compressed sounds
and your project still won't upload, try deleting some of the sounds
to make it smaller.
2. Internet connection too slow and times out. Try making the file
smaller. If that doesn't work, try connecting from a different
computer or connection or web browser.
3. Proxy server getting in the way. Try an Internet connection that
does not go through a proxy server, or configure Scratch to use your
4. Wrong username and password. Try logging into Scratch website to
make sure username and password are correct.