Create your Scratch account


This lesson goes through the steps for creating a Scratch account. When you have a Scratch account you can log into the Scratch website and save your projects, share them and comment on other projects.


Go to the Scratch website

Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world.

Go to the Scratch website at

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.


Click 'Join Scratch'

Click the 'Join Scratch' link in the blue navigation bar at the top of the page.


Choose a username and password

A box will appear that asks you to choose a Scratch username and a password. These will be used to create a Scratch account for you and you will use them to 'log into' the Scratch website so make sure you write them down so you can remember them.

Your Scratch Username
This should be a nickname that you make up for yourself. Don't use your actual name as your Scratch username can be seen by other people on website and it's a good idea to keep your personal information private when you're on the internet.

Everybody on Scratch needs to have a different username so the website might tell you that the username you chose has already been taken by somebody else. If this happens try changing it by putting some numbers at the end or try choosing a completely different username!

Your Scratch Password
Your password needs to be at least 6 characters long and can be made up of letters, numbers or even symbols. When you are creating your account you will need to enter your password twice to make sure you remember it!

When you log into the Scratch website you will need to put in your password so it's important that you remember it. Anyone that knows your password will be able to log into your Scratch account.


Some details about you

Next you need to enter your birth month and year, your gender and your country. The Scratch team use this information to calculate the age range of people who use Scratch, and to confirm that you are the owner of the account if you need to contact them.



Your parent's/guardian's email address

You next need to enter your parent's or guardian's email address so that the Scratch team can confirm your account. Enter the email address in both of the boxes and click 'Next'.


Your Scratch account is created

Your Scratch account has now been created and you have been logged into the Scratch website!

Click the 'OK Lets Go' button to close the box. You will notice that the username you chose is now displayed in the top right of the page. You can click on this anytime to access your Scratch profile and stuff as well as to log out.

End of lesson
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Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is available for free at