Install Scratch 2 on Linux ARM Device

Scratch 2

Scratch 2 was removed from RPiOS in January. Install it back with this app!
Scratch 2 is significantly faster than Scratch 3. It uses far less CPU, and generally will run better than Scratch 3 on older Pies.
To run: Menu -> Programming -> Scratch 2.
To run in a terminal: scratch2

Fortunately, Scratch 2 is very easy to install on your Linux ARM Device in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Linux ARM Device.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install Scratch 2.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest LTS of Ubuntu or Debian from your hardware manufacturer.
Scratch 2 will only run on an Ubuntu/Debian ARM32 OS. Pi-Apps will not let you install Scratch 2 on an Ubuntu/Debian ARM64 OS.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Linux ARM Device with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install Scratch 2

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Scratch 2.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Programming category.

Now scroll down to find Scratch 2 in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Scratch 2 for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at