Activities ::: mod_bigbluebuttonbn
Maintained by Fred Dixon, Jesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.
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Current versions available: 7

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 anywhere in the world.  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 pluginplease 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 join the Discussion. 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, Moodle Workplace.


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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • Mon, Feb 20, 2012, 8:00 PM
    Hello Fred & Giang.
    I got exactly the same question. I've installed version 2.2
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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...
  • 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.

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