How to install ScratchJr onto your MacBook

ScratchJr running on MacBook
ScratchJr is a child-friendly programming language for ages 5-7, with easy installation on MacBooks, fostering fun, engaging coding experiences for kids.

ScratchJr is an excellent introductory programming language designed specifically for young children aged 5-7. With its colourful interface and block-based coding system, ScratchJr makes learning to code fun and engaging for kids. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to install ScratchJr on your MacBook, so you can start inspiring young minds to explore the world of coding.

Step 1: Open the App Store

Launch the App Store application on your MacBook. You can find it by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your screen (Spotlight Search) and typing “App Store,” then pressing Enter.

MacBook App Store

Step 2: Search for ScratchJr

Use the search bar in the top left corner of the App store to search for “ScratchJr” (without quotes). Press Enter or click on the magnifying glass icon to begin the search.

At first, you will not see ScratchJr in your search result, but don’t worry.

Results in App Store when searching for ScratchJr

Step 3: Select “iPhone & iPad Apps”

At the top of the App Store window, you’ll see two different categories. One for “Mac Apps“, another for “iPhone & iPad Apps“. Use this to filter the search results specifically for iOS apps. With Apple Silicone you can install and run these without any hiccups!

Search results in App Store when changing category

Step 4: Find ScratchJr in the Search Results

Scroll through the search results until you find the ScratchJr app icon. It features a colourful orange cat icon with a blue background. Click on the ‘Get’ icon next to the ScratchJr icon to download and install the app.

Step 5: Authenticate if Necessary

If prompted, enter your Apple ID password to confirm the installation. This step ensures that only authorized users can install apps on your MacBook.

Step 6: Wait for the Installation to Complete

The ScratchJr app will begin downloading and installing on your MacBook. Depending on your internet connection speed, this process may take a few moments. Once the installation is complete, you’ll see the ScratchJr icon in your Launchpad folder.

MacBook Launchpad with ScratchJr installed

Step 7: Open ScratchJr

Navigate to your app (using the Finder or Launchpad), then click on the ScratchJr icon to launch the app. Start exploring its creative coding activities and encourage young learners to dive into the world of coding!

ScratchJr running on MacBook


Installing ScratchJr on your MacBook is a straightforward process that opens up a world of possibilities for young learners to explore coding and unleash their creativity. With its intuitive interface and engaging activities, ScratchJr makes learning to code accessible and fun for children. Start inspiring the next generation of coders today by introducing ScratchJr into your classroom or home learning environment!

ScratchJr Start Project on MacBook
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