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Obsolete blocks are blocks that are not compatible with the version of Scratch being used; the interpreter cannot recognize them as actual blocks. They can be obtained by adding new code to a Scratch project's JSON file, which holds all specifications for a project. These blocks can be resurrected or created by using the Shift-Click-R method. Most of the resurrected blocks fail to work, but the stretch, abs, sqrt, point away from the edge, and some other blocks will function. The typical obsolete block is a command block, yet can fit in the space of any other type of block, as can be seen if you open up a project containing an (answer) block from Scratch 1.4 in any lower version of Scratch. Most of these blocks are red. The obsolete block that says "obsolete!" does nothing, and it is what all obsolete blocks appear as in the Experimental Viewer.

Undefined blocks are blocks that cannot be found as an actual script, and are undefined. You can get them as explained at the Getting an Obsolete or Undefined Block chapter.

For a list of obsolete blocks, see List of Obsolete Blocks.

Obsolete Blocks in 1.3/1.4

Some obsolete blocks work in Scratch but turn red.

There are a large amount of Looks type blocks that do not have a function, but had already been added Scratch. The point away from edge // category=motion block is glitchy and completely impractical — which is probably why it was removed from the November 2006 beta release.

Obsolete Blocks in 1.0-1.2

Main article: Experimental Blocks

There are many hidden blocks under 1.0-1.2.1, but the functions have not been completely explained. The start/stop movie blocks indicate that an experimental version of video support may have once existed.

These blocks can be found by Shift-clicking the Extras menu and clicking on "Show experimental blocks". In 1.1 and 1.2, these are accessed by the Shift-Click-R method.

There were 13 experimental Sound Blocks and 10 experimental Sensing Blocks.

Getting an Obsolete or Undefined Block

Scratch 2.0

To obtain an obsolete (or undefined) block in Scratch 2.0, you need to create a custom block and drag the block NOT the definition script into your backpack and it will turn into a red undefined block.

You can also create a obsolete that is not colored or renamed by creating a custom block in either the stage or a sprite, and drag the block, NOT the definition script, into another sprite or without a custom block with the same name, and the block will become obsolete (but not colored red nor renamed) because there is no definition script within the new sprite to define the block's procedure.

Scratch 1.x

There are two ways to get obsolete blocks in Scratch 1.x:

  1. Get an obsolete block from a Scratch Modification. These are the steps:
    1. Download and open a Scratch Modification that has blocks that are incompatible with Scratch (do not exist in Scratch) such as Snap! or Panther.
    2. Put one of these blocks into a sprite
    3. Export the sprite
    4. Open this sprite in Scratch, and it will contain an obsolete block
  2. Edit the Scratch source to include a method and a blockspec that is not in the normal Scratch. When others download or play it, the block turns obsolete.

More Obsolete Blocks

Here is a project that contains lots of different obsolete blocks.

Offline/Online Sensor

Main article: Offline and Online Detection

Archive.png This article or section documents a feature not included in the current version of Scratch (3.0). It is only useful from a historical perspective.

Obsolete blocks can also be used to detect whether a user is playing a project in the Java Player or the Experimental Viewer. Online, the script stops when it detects an undefined block, whereas when the project is played in Scratch 1.4, the script ignores the undefined block and carries on with the script. An offline/online sensor can be created with this script:

when green flag clicked
set [Offline/Online v] to [Online]
set [Offline/Online v] to [Offline]

A more complex version is this:

when green flag clicked
set [Playing... v] to [Offline]
broadcast ((0) / (0))
set [Playing... v] to [Online Java]
set [Playing... v] to [Online Flash]

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