General plugins (Local): Cohort role synchronization

Maintained by Picture of Paul HoldenPaul Holden
Automatically synchronize cohort members into system roles.
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Moodle Cohorts are a great tool for creating site-wide groups of users, and using these groups to enrol users en-masse into courses. This plugin extends the functionality of cohorts by allowing them to be automatically assigned to system-level roles.

This is especially useful for local customizations, i.e. you want your Staff Users cohort to be enrolled into all staff related courses, but also assign them to a system role that grants them extra permissions across the site. By listening for relevant events, any amendments made to configured cohorts will automatically be reflected in the appropriate roles.

After installing the plugin, linking a cohort to a role is as simple as selecting each from a dropdown menu and pressing Save changes:

Create Synchronization

See the project readme file for the most up to date instructions.

Supports Moodle version 3.5 onwards (up to and including 3.9).

The latest plugin release is 3.2 (18 June 2020):

  • Support for Moodle 3.9


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    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 6:31 AM
    Is this plugin compatible with Moodle V2.7?
  • Picture of Paul Holden
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 11:48 PM
    Hi Jinxing,
    Although the plugin was designed for Moodle 2.6, it should continue to work fine in later versions - please let me know if not!
  • Picture of Paul Holden
    Thu, Jul 2, 2015, 10:34 PM
    Hi all,

    I've tested the plugin successfully against the latest git master (3.0) and it works fine, so will work in any supported version prior to that.
  • Picture of C Behan
    Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 6:45 PM
    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for creating this plugin. I'm wondering if you plan to upgrade it for Moodle 3.0 on the repositary?

    Thank you, Catherine
  • Picture of Paul Holden
    Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 4:13 PM
    I've tested on latest 3.2 (dev) & all works as expected, so I've updated the list of supported versions to 2.6 -> 3.1 smile
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Mon, May 8, 2017, 5:27 PM
    Hi Paul,

    you might be interested that we created a plugin which provides a mapping from custom user profile fields to cohorts. It is published on and currently waiting for approval in the plugins repo.

    I have recommended your plugin in our plugin's README as a solution for mapping from custom user profile fields to system roles and we are using this combination in production.

    Thanks for your work!
  • Picture of Robert Payne
    Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 9:21 AM
    Hi Paul,
    Awesome plugin, just what we need for making our moodle site a little bit easier to maintain. It's working on our 3.2 test site right now but we're planning to push our site to 3.3 soon too and we're wondering if there are any known issues with it on 3.3 as it isn't officially compatible according to this page.
  • Picture of Bart Leeuwen van
    Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 3:35 AM
    I would like to give the manager-role the capability to perform this plugin.
    In my site the function is only available to the admin.
    How can the capabilities be set?
  • Picture of Frankle Lee 李智高
    Thu, Nov 23, 2017, 1:52 PM
    Great help for administrator! Can this work on 3.3?
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, May 18, 2018, 6:19 AM

    Any updates to Moodle 3.5?

  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Mon, Jun 25, 2018, 5:44 PM
    I can confirm that the plugin is working on 3.5 for us, however I am also wondering if the plugin maintainer has stopped working on it.
  • Picture of Steffen Bachmann
    Wed, Jan 16, 2019, 2:11 PM
    Hallo, as far as i understood the docs, there is only the possibility to assign global rols. In future will be there a possibility to assign rols on category level?
    That would be really great!
  • Picture of Ravi Verma
    Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 1:01 AM
    This is great thanks for sharing this.

  • Picture of Flemming Bornemann
    Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 7:32 PM
    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for a great plugin smile

    Is there any chance you could extend this plugin so that cohorts could be assigned roles in categories?
  • Picture of Charles Beadle
    Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 3:27 AM
    If cohort sync is enabled and in use, would the cohort role synchronization plugin conflict with it? I'm looking for a way to add a role to all members of an existing cohort, but I'm wondering if this plugin would conflict with cohort sync.
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