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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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Gladys Gahona
    Mon, Feb 20, 2012, 8:00 PM
    Hello Fred & Giang.
    I got exactly the same question. I've installed version 2.2
  • Picture of Bill Steele
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012, 9:14 PM
    Same question as regards the plugin and Moodle 2.2. Will it work with 2.2 and if not then any thoughts as to when a new version will be released.
  • Picture of Casey Snyder
    Wed, Mar 28, 2012, 3:25 PM
    we are currently using the plugin with 2.2.2 and it works. I am wondering, though, with the latest 0.8beta4 update, if the plugin will be updated to allow uploading the presentation at the same time the moderator logs in.
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Mon, Apr 9, 2012, 3:42 AM
    We just uploaded a newer version of the BigBlueButtonBN plugin (1.0.7) and it's been tested with Moodle 2.2 (and 2.2.2).
  • Picture of putut wahyudi
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 6:44 AM
    i got error when installing bigbluebuttonBN (all version) on moodle 2.1
    please help me...

    Plugin "block/bigbluebuttonbn" is defective or outdated, can not continue, sorry.

    More information about this error
    Debug info: Missing main block class file.
    Stack trace:

    line 635 of \lib\upgradelib.php: plugin_defective_exception thrown
    line 273 of \lib\upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins_blocks()
    line 1466 of \lib\upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 317 of \admin\index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()

  • C'est moi :-)
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 4:20 PM
    Putut : I've just installed/upgraded to latest version with no problem smile

    But it's NOT a block, and should be installed in /moodle/mod/ directory...
  • Picture of Tom Langston
    Thu, Jul 5, 2012, 7:55 PM
    I'm not sure if this is the place to put it, however, now there is an API that allows BBB to upload Powerpoints before a session. Could that feature be added to the moodle set up process. As there is no way of starting or stopping the recording in the live session, if the presentation can be uploaded before the session, it will minimize the amount of non-essential stuff recorded.

  • Martin Dougiamas
    Thu, Jul 12, 2012, 10:52 AM
    Is it just me or has the new version for 2.3 lost the ability to schedule recordings?
  • BobBl
    Mon, Aug 13, 2012, 7:30 AM
    Martin: There's a new version of the integraton available on the Blindside networks site. Version 2012080810

    Not sure if it will work with 2.3. It apparently solved problems I was having using BBB with Moodle 2.2.4+ (Build: 20120726).

    I'm planing to upgrade to 2.3 very soon. If anyone's tried the newest Moodle integration with 2.3 and knows whether it does or doesn't work, please share.

    Bob Blomeyer
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Tue, Aug 14, 2012, 2:05 AM
    Robert: We just updated the Moodle repository with the latest available release (1.0.8-b2) whose version is 2012081300. This one includes fixes for two important issues. See and 1.0.8 was released for and due Moodle 2.3.

    If you find anything else you can help us reporting the issues on
  • Picture of Lucas Ferreira
    Sat, Aug 18, 2012, 2:45 AM
    Olá estou com o Moodle 2.2 Server Ubuntu e não consigo instalar, alguém pode me ajuda ? Muito Obrigado !!
    Hello I am with Moodle 2.2 and Ubuntu Server can not install, can anyone help me? Thank you!
  • Picture of Gunnar Nilsson
    Sun, Sep 16, 2012, 6:48 PM
    as XMLAfter iǘ upgraded to moodle 2.3.2 and installed the big bluebutton-plugin 1.0.8-b2, I can insert and use the bigbluebutton at all. The message is: "Exception String could not be parsed as XML" (but in swedish).

    Is this a known problem or is there a solution for this?
    Gunnar Nilsson
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Mon, Sep 17, 2012, 8:51 AM
    Gunnar, This problem has been reported previously by people who had their BigBlueButton server broken. The first test you should be sure to do is testing the plugin using the servers by default provided by Blindside Networks. if you do a quick call to you should receive an xml response.

    If you need further help please go to the forums. Either opening an new thread at or with a post on the corresponding one to the release you are experiencing problems. It will be easier to follow up there.

    Also, if you think you found a bug that can be reproduced please add an issue with more details on the tracking system
  • Picture of Dave Arnold
    Thu, Dec 27, 2012, 7:31 AM
    Is anyone working on integrating the ability to upload a default presentation from moodle module form. I started working on it today but figured I'd ask so I didn't have to recreate the wheel.
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Fri, Dec 28, 2012, 12:31 AM
    Hi Dave, we don't have plans to add that functionality of uploading a default presentation, so if you want to take a shot at it - -go for it!
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