Mass Actions block

Blocks ::: block_massaction
Maintained by Picture of Clem SmithClem Smith
This block allows instructors to perform actions upon multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items.
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Current versions available: 7

This block allows instructors to perform actions upon multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items.

To use this block, Javascript must be enabled in your browse and you must be in editing mode in the course home page. The user must have capability "block/massaction:use". The block may now be used with a course in any course format. However, the OneTopic format is not properly supported at this time. The work-around is to change course formats to another format (Weekly or Topics are well-tested), move the course content around, then change the course format back to OneTopic. I will try to fix the interaction between OneTopic and Mass Actions in the future.

Supported actions include mass selection, indentation, deletion, hiding, showing, and moving. To select items to perform actions on, simply click the checkbox to the right of it in the course home page or use select functionality, then click the action you would like to perform in the block.

Note: the original block for Moodle 1.9 is on; this is the version for Moodle 2.

If you encounter bugs or have suggestions for improvement, please use the bug tracker URL and I will work on those as quickly as possible.


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Picture of Clem Smith
Clem Smith (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Huy Hoang
Huy Hoang: Original maintainer
Picture of Jon Marthaler
Jon Marthaler: Former developer
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Dominic Hanzely: Former developer
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  • Picture of Sven Niland
    Thu, Apr 9, 2020, 7:47 AM
    Hmmm, this is a fabulous tool (well done) but I'm having some issues in 3.5. I restored a mid-sized course of about 30 topics/weeks with 2-3 activities per week. I added the Mass Action block to try to re-order/organize content. It worked perfectly until I added and renamed a new topic. After that, nothing shows up in the 'Select all In Section' drop-down and obviously from there none of the still selectable items can be manipulated at all. I wonder if this helps provide any clues as to what might be underlying problems?
  • Picture of Sven Niland
    Thu, Apr 9, 2020, 7:51 AM
    Further to my above comment, I now notice if I add another (unwanted) topic then the Mass Actions block seems to start working again. Something about adding/editing topics is throwing this off. Again, posting in case it's useful to the author or others.
  • Picture of Sven Niland
    Thu, Apr 9, 2020, 8:24 AM
    ... finally, I hope, purging the site cache also appears to (usually) fix the issue of the MA block suddenly becoming non-functional.
  • Picture of Sarah Ricketts
    Tue, May 5, 2020, 11:58 PM
    This is a long shot, since it appears that the developer of this plugin hasn't logged in since 2018 - but has anyone successfully used this Mass Actions plugin on a m3.8 instance as yet?
  • Picture of Mihailescu Lucian
    Wed, Aug 26, 2020, 5:40 AM
    It was working fine with Moodle 3.8.3+, but we updated to Moodle 3.9.1 and it stopped working.
  • Picture of Giulia Covezzi
    Wed, Aug 26, 2020, 2:57 PM
    Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore with Moodle 3.9.1 Are you planning to upgrade the plugin?
  • Picture of Mihailescu Lucian
    Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 3:00 AM
    I was looking for a similar tool, but I could not find any. Does anyone know how? My workaround idea will be to install a separate Moodle with 3.8.3+ and install mass action plugin there.
  • Picture of Matthew Davidson
    Sat, Aug 29, 2020, 12:18 AM
    I have made a pull request that should fix 3.9 and retain backward compatibility. You can find the branch here;
  • Picture of Matthew Davidson
    Sat, Sep 19, 2020, 1:30 AM
    Here is an unofficial release I made that works in Moodle 3.9 and includes additional fixes and features.
  • Picture of Robert Pollak
    Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 2:20 PM
    I support Matthews pull request. Please merge it and create a new release.

    But according to the profile page of lead maintainer Clem Smith, his last site access was already May 2018. Matthew, could you please make your version with the 3.9 fixes into an official plugin?
  • Picture of Henrik sune Pedersen
    Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 8:04 PM
    Is there any plans to update this to be working on Moodle 3.8.4 and 3.9.2
  • Al
    Sun, Jan 24, 2021, 5:55 AM
    Is there any chance you make the plugin so that when you update moodle it automatically downloads the plugin as part of the upgrade. This would save so much time as currently when you upgrade it just says, "Additional Missing from disk!". Thank you so much.
  • Picture of Xavier Molina-Schenk
    Fri, Jan 29, 2021, 5:02 AM
    I support Matthews pull request. And his unofficial release ( works with version 3.10 in our installation, too.

  • Picture of Lori Welsh
    Sat, Mar 13, 2021, 2:50 AM
    I'm curious if Matthews version of this plug-in has been made official and if so, under what plug-in name?
  • Picture of Sergio Luis Cardoso
    Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 5:24 AM
    Hello! I am getting the error: "Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: get_user_timezone_offset() can not be used any more, please use standard PHP DateTimeZone class instead" after install plugin v5.1.3 (2018042400) in moodle 3.5.1+. Uninstallling the plugin did not solved the situation. I am far from work and do not have access to the server - Is there a way to fiz this error due to this plugin installation? Maybe an upgrade in the plugin? Thank you
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