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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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Konrad Lorinczi
    Thu, Oct 27, 2011, 4:27 PM
    We use Moodle v1.9.13.
    Could be possible to have BigBlueButtonBN available for Moodle v1.9.x?
  • Picture of L Robinson
    Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 11:24 PM
    I concur. We were not able to move to 2.0 but would love to integrate with 1.9
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Tue, Nov 1, 2011, 3:07 AM
    Hi Konrad Lorinczi and L Robinson,

    It was quite a bit of work to update the 2.0/2.1 activity module for record and playback.

    Before we do the same work for 1.9, we'd like get some customer pull; otherwise, we'll continue to focus our efforts on improving BigBlueButton.

    If you are interested in seeing BigBlueButtonBN running on Moodle 1.9, message me directly.

    Regards,... Fred
    Blindside Networks
  • Picture of Đinh Lư Giang
    Thu, Feb 16, 2012, 11:11 AM
    Dear Fred,

    It is possible to use your great plugin with Moodle 2.2? If not, could you tell us an approximate release date? Love your plugin so much!

  • 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.
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