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Backdrop Name (block)

Backdrop name
2.0 Backdrop Name.png
Category Looks
Type Reporter
Introduced in 2.0

The Backdrop name block is a Looks Block and a Reporter Block. The block holds the current backdrop name. This is the first time that the costume/backdrop name can be accessed through a block.

This block can be displayed as a stage monitor.


Prior to Scratch 2.0, this block never existed. Instead, the (backdrop #) block had to be used (although it was called "background #" instead). Another alternative would be to list each costume name in a list. Both these blocks are now available and can each be used to meet a specific project's needs. One notable difference is that the (backdrop name) block is available in both the Stage and sprites, while (backdrop #) is only in the Stage.

Example Uses

This block holds the backdrop name of the Stage, therefore it is used when something must happen if the Stage is at a specific backdrop. Some of the more common uses are:

  • Stopping the project once the Stage reaches the backdrop for the end of the project
when gf clicked
wait until <(backdrop name) = [The End]>
stop [all v]
  • Checking what the current backdrop is
if <(backdrop name) = [Level 1]> then
  say [Welcome to the game! Use WASD to move.] for (4) secs
if <(backdrop name) = [Level Boss]> then
  say [Watch out for the boss's laser attack!] for (4) secs
  • Setting a variable to the current backdrop
set [(variable name) v] to (backdrop name)
This block also gives more meaning to naming backdrops.


Main article: List of Block Workarounds

This block can simply be replicated with the following code:

([backdrop name v] of [Stage v])


There is currently no dedicated block for accessing a sprite's costume name. However, it can be accessed with the following code:

([costume name v] of [Sprite v])

There is, in fact, the code for the "costume name" block in the source code of Scratch,[1] but it is not normally accessible in the editor.

See Also


  • This page was last modified on 15 December 2016, at 15:49.