Activities: BigBlueButtonBN

Maintained by Picture of Fred DixonFred Dixon, Picture of Jesus FedericoJesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.
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BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for online learning.  The goal of the project is to enable instructors to effectively engage remote students.  The project supports live online classes, virtual office hours, and group collaboration with remote students. 

BigBlueButton supports real-time sharing of slides (including whiteboard), audio, video, chat, emojis, breakout rooms, and screen.  It also record all content for later playback.

Like Moodle, BigBlueButton is open source.  The BigBlueButton project was started in 2008 by Blindside Networks.  In addition our work on BigBlueButton core, we created this BigBlueButtonBN Moodle plugin so you can fully leverage BigBlueButton's capabilities from within your Moodle site.

The BigBlueButtonBN plugin enables you to:

  • Create multiple activity links to online sessions within any course
  • Restrict students from joining a session until a teacher (moderator) joins the session
  • Launch BigBlueButton in a separate window
  • Create a custom welcome message that appears at the top of the chat window when joining the session
  • Specify join open/close dates for the session that appears in the Moodle's calendar
  • Record a session
  • Access and manage recordings

The best way to install is directly from  For a video walkthrough of installing the plugin, click the image below

You’ll notice in the video that BigBlueButtonBN module comes pre-configured with a test BigBlueButton server, aptly called  This server is maintained by Blindside Networks maintains to help test your installation with BigBlueButton.  Blindside Networks also develops and maintains the BigBlueButtonBN plugin. 

For information on setting up your own BigBlueButton server, see

BigBlueButton and the BigBlueButton logo are trademarks of BigBlueButton Inc.


If you think you have found a bug in this plugin, please open a ticket in the Bug Tracker and provide details of how to reproduce the issue. The more details you provide the easiest for us to find and solve the problem. 

If you need help for configuring or using this plugin, please use the Forums. There are hundreds of users subscribed in the forums and many of them are willing to help. Besides your question may have been responded already. Using the search option can save you time. Also when asking for help provide the more possible details. Please provide (a) your version of Moodle, (b) the version of the BigBlueButtonBN plugin, and (c) the error message you are receiving.  A screen capture is usually very helpful. 

While we certainly appreciate feedback on this plugin in the comments sections, but if you found a bug or are looking for support, please use either the Bug Tracker or Forums. 


This plugin is part of sets Big Blue Button, MoodleCloud.


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  • Picture of Lienq Van Rooyen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 7:59 AM
    I am trying to install it on Moodle version 2.5. However, whenever I get to the validation part I get an error that it need version 2013111800. Now that is for 2.6 so I do not understand why if I download your version Release 1.0.11
    Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

    I look forward to your reply.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 10:07 PM
    Hi Lienq,

    You are probably not downloading the right version. But anyways, most of the code is the same for the two plugins, the only difference is the version.php file.

    You can edit this file and comment/uncomment the portion of code you need according to the version of Moodle you have.

  • Picture of Sumit Tomar
    Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 12:25 PM
    I need to track the attendance of participants. Is it possible to track the attendance of participants in BigBlueButtonBN?
    If yes, how can I do so?
  • Picture of Pascal Amaning
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 9:39 AM
    i cant use your test link because where am i in Africa there is no intenet.. I have installed my own Bigbluebutton server and installed your moodle plugin. I receive error when i try to use it.

    server URL is

    i recieved Unable to join the meeting. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running. when i try to use it. The BBB server is up and runing. give me the demo page when i try it in the browser. Can some one help me.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 10:28 PM
    Hi Pascal,

    It looks to me as an issue with your BigBlueButton server. Having the demo page on top does not mean that your server is working.

    Open a tread in the forum and I will follow up with you.
  • Picture of yasin yılmaz
    Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 4:40 AM
    I installed moodle 2.8.1. which version of bigbluebutton can I add the moodle?
  • Picture of Santhosh Samban
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 8:58 PM
    I am getting error when I added as a plugin in moodle. Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded inC:\Moodle\server\moodle\lib\filelib.php on line 3102
  • Picture of Santhosh Samban
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 9:12 PM
    I had added this as plugin first time it is working. Then uninstalled then I added again now it is showing the following error: Error
    Unable to connect. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 11:06 PM
    Hi Santhosh Samban,

    If you are using test-install most likely the server was not working at the time you run your "test".

    If you ask for help please include the versions you have for both, moodle and the plugin. And also, we ask people to use the forums when looking for help, so please please please do that instead of using the plugin page.

    Most of the questions have been responded already and there are more people than the developers that can help you there.


    Jesus Federico
  • Picture of Stephen Dame
    Wed, Dec 3, 2014, 5:48 AM
    Was looking to uninstall BigBlueButtonBN in my moodle admin panel. Under Manage Activities there is no link to uninstall. What is the best way to remove the plugin and db entries. thanks. Great product as always smile
  • Picture of Stephen Dame
    Wed, Dec 3, 2014, 11:16 AM
    Figured out the uninstall. Looks like cant uninstall bigbluebuttonbn until recordingsbn is removed.
  • Picture of yasin yılmaz
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 5:40 PM
    where are my recording lessons(sessions)?

    which folder is recording videos?
  • Picture of Zhouxiang Duan
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 1:03 PM

    I have tried some basic functions of Bigbluebutton, so far it looks pretty cool.

    However there is one thing I want to ask. Is there any way to automatically set up recording on when Teacher start the webinar session? Because currently it seems after 0.9 version the recording function become a small button that defaultly off since the webinar started. For teachers who don't know Bigbluebutton they might easy forget about this recording function.

    So is there any way to defaultly switch it on when the webinar started?

    Sai Duan
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 10:49 PM
    Hi Sai,

    The start/stop recording button is a long time asked feature that we were just able to include in 0.9 after a large amount of changes in the core. This offers the advantage that moderatos can chose what is going to be recorded and what is going to be out of recrds, and also no matter if the attendees get into the session 1 hour before or they leave 3 hours after, the recording will not have that long white space before and after the real content starts.

    Believe me once the user get used they will stop complaining. It is not for sure yet, but we are considering removing the recording parameters from the activity configuration since it is actually no longer required.

    If you have your own BigBlueButton server there are some parameters you need to change. You can find more information or help by using the BigBlueButton google groups.!forum/bigbluebutton-setup
  • Picture of Zhouxiang Duan
    Wed, Jan 14, 2015, 7:52 AM
    Hi Jesus,

    Thank you for the answer, I got your point and I agreed with that.

    There is another question I want to ask: how many attendees Big blue button can handle at one time? 25 or 50 or more? Does it able to handle big number of attendees like 500 if the server is really good? If you can provide an idea of what kind of server standard can handle how many attendees, that would be really helpful.

    Really appreciate your help.

    Thank you,
    Sai Duan
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