Activities ::: mod_bigbluebuttonbn
Maintained by Fred Dixon, Jesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.

BigBlueButtonBN 2.0.4

Moodle 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.0
Released: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:02 AM
BigBlueButtonBN Activity Module for Moodle
BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system that enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.

These instructions describe how to install the BigBlueButtonBN Activity Module for Moodle. This module is developed and supported by Blindside Networks, the company that started the BigBlueButton project in 2007.

With the latest version of this plugin you can
- Create links in any course that can be used to create sessions in a BigBlueButton server
- Specify join open/close dates that will appear in the Moodle calendar
- Create a custom welcome messages that appears in the chat window when users join the session
- Launch BigBlueButton in its own tab or window
- Assign the role uses will have in BigBlueButton (moderator, viewer) per user or role in Moodle
- Preupload presentations
- Monitor the active sessions for the course and end any session (eject all users)
- Record and playback your lectures
- Access and manage recorded lectures, and more.

Note that on previous versions of Moodle you will need to use the specific version of this plugin.

- For Moodle 1.9 use version 1.0.9 (2013071000).
- For Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5 use version 1.1.1 (2015062101)
- For Moodle 2.6+ use version 2.0.0 (20150806xx).

You need:

1. A server running Moodle 2.6+
2. A BigBlueButton 0.8 (or later) server running on a separate server (not on the same server as your Moodle site)

Blindside Networks provides you a test BigBlueButton server for testing this plugin. To use this test server, just accept the default settings when configuring the activity module. The default settings are


salt: 8cd8ef52e8e101574e400365b55e11a6

For information on how to setup your own BigBlueButton server see

Obtaining the source
This GitHub repostiory at

contains the latest source. We recomend to download the latest snapshot from the Moodle Plugin Database.


These instructions assume your Moodle server is installed at /var/www/moodle.

1. Copy to /var/www/moodle/mod

2. Enter the following commands

cd /var/www/moodle/mod
sudo unzip

This will create the directory


3. Login to your moodle site as administrator

Moodle will detect the new module and prompt you to Upgrade.

4. Click the 'Upgrade' button.

The activity module will install mod_bigbluebuttonbn.

5. Click the 'Continue' button.

You'll be prompted to configure the activity module.

6. Enter the URL and salt (security key) to your BigBlueButton server (or use the default values for testing).
7. Click the 'Save Changes' button.

At this point, you can enter any course, turn editing on, and add a BigBlueButtonBN activity link to the class.

Note: You will want to install the RecordingsBN activity module to access recordings as well.

For a video overview of installing and using this plugin,

Contact Us
If you have feedback, enhancement requests, or would like commercial support for hosting, integrating, customizing, branding, or scaling BigBlueButton, contact us at

Regards,... Fred Dixon
ffdixon [at] blindsidenetworks [dt] com

Version information

Version build number
Version release name
Can be updated from
1.1.0, 1.1.0, 1.1.1 (2015062101), 1.1.1, 2.0.0-beta, 2.0.0-beta, 2.0.0-beta, 2.0.0-rc, 2.0.0-rc, 2.0.0-rc, 2.0.0-rc, 2.0.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3
Can be updated to
2.1.0-beta, 2.1.0-beta, 2.1.0-rc, 2.1.0, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.6, 2.1.7, 2.1.9, 2.1.10, 2.1.11, 2.1.12, 2.1.13, 2.1.14 (2016051919), 2.2-rc, 2.1.15 (2016051920)
Stable version
MD5 Sum
Supported software
PHP 5.3, PHP 5.4, Moodle 2.6, PHP 5.5, Moodle 2.7, PHP 5.6, Moodle 2.8, Moodle 2.9, Moodle 3.0, PHP 7.0

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL
VCS tag

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Activities

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the module.
  3. Place the folder (eg "assignment") in the "mod" subdirectory.
  4. Visit to finish the installation