Installing MIT Scratch 2 on Linux

This page explains the installation of MIT Scratch 2.0 offline version  based on Adobe Flash / Adobe AIR on several Linux flavors and several platforms.

Installing Scratch on Linux 32-bit is different from the installation on 64-bit. To find out if to install the 32 or 64 bit version  (if you use Ubuntu 12 or higher), click the gear icon in “System Settings” on your launcher and select “Details”. A window (as the one below) will appear. Look next to the word OS-Type where will be written either 32-bit or 64-bit.

Alternatively you can use the command Unix Name with the parameter processor in a command window:
 uname -p

If the command responds X86_64, then you are using a 64 bit system. If the answer is i686, then your system is 32-bit. If the answer is i386, you are using an older 32-bit version and should update it.

Performing the Installation

Can I install MIT Scratch 2.0 on a Raspberry Pi?

No. At the time of writing this page there does not exist a version of Adobe Flash/Adobe Air for Raspbian Linux on the Raspberry Pi. Thus, MIT Scratch 2 offline will not work on the Pi.

To be able to program in Scratch on the Raspberry Pi, you’ll have to use the Scratch dialect SNAP! Find more information here or look up one of our tutorials. Alternatively, you can use either the old version (1.4) of MIT Scratch, which comes pre-installed on Linux Raspbian. It was programmed in Squeak Smalltalk and does not require any Adobe product to work. This version, however, is extremely limited and many interesting things that you may have heard of  will not work.

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