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The Scratch Server Internal Error

The Scratch Server Internal Error, also known as the 500 error, is the page that anyone trying to access Scratch is shown to when the server encounters an internal error. This can happen because of many reasons such as the server overloading, an electrical outage at MIT, or when the Scratch Team is doing database testing/changes without using Maintenance Mode.

The error shows a picture of Pico wearing a helmet an holding a wrench trying to fix a server with tentacles sticking out, with the text "Looks like we are having issues with our servers!" It also contains a link to download the Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor.

The Scratch server internal error page can always be accessed here, as well as attempting to access any users' backpack.[1]


The past error page had a Scratch Cat shrugging with blocks and a Gobo sprite in a box. Since November 18, 2014, the error page had starred Pico frowning at a server infested with tentacles, while wearing a mining hard hat and holding a wrench.[2] The page was headed "Looks like we are having issues with our servers!" and is titled "Uh oh, server troubles...". Lastly, it contained a link to download Scratch 3 and the Scratch Logo pinned.

There is a variant in which the icon has been a Scratch Cat writing on a whiteboard, the same image in the Maintenance Mode page.[3] Beneath it reads, "The Scratch Team is making some changes to the website. Try reloading this page in a few minutes. You can still Download Scratch and make projects." This is not used in normal Server Internal Errors, as the normal version has Pico.

Scratch Forums

The Scratch Forums have their own 500 Error, which is based on the 2.0 to early 3.0 page for Maintenance Mode. It can be viewed here.


See Also


  1. scratch:internalapi/backpack/kaj/get: Accessing to kaj's backpack now throws a 500 Error instead of 403 Error.
  2. andrewjcole. (2014-11-18). "I did get this: [image]" topic:66308
  3. scratch:500
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