Install Scratch 2 on Raspberry Pi
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 Raspberry Pi in just two steps.
- Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
- Use Pi-Apps to install Scratch 2.
For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
Scratch 2 will only run on PiOS 32-bit. Pi-Apps will not let you install Scratch 2 on PiOS 64-bit.
Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.
Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Botspot/pi-apps/master/install | bash
Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here: https://github.com/Botspot/pi-apps
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!