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 Fred Dixon
    Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 6:55 PM
    Hi Marwan,

    You can't send/receive notifications through chat as we don't have the API in place for it in BigBlueButton. For (2), I think we can make it a bit easier as we're working on extending the '+' button in the HTML5 client to show all upload slides, making it really easy to switch between them.
  • Picture of 管理员 刘
    Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 12:23 PM
    My moodle version is Moodle 3.7.1+ (Build: 20190725), mod_bigbluebuttonbn version is 2.3-rc2019042004, when adding activities in moodle prompt 404, how to troubleshoot? Thank you.
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 6:06 AM
    Hi 管理员 刘, is it possible you could open a ticket in the Bug Tracker (see Useful links above) and we'll help you there. Thanks!
  • Picture of ace li
    Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 9:34 AM
    Hi Fred, I just installed a BBB server on a Alibaba ECS (in China) and integrated it into Moodle by installing the BBB plugin from Moodle. Things look fine until I find that it gets stuck with "Connecting to echo test" toast when I enter BBB room from a Moodle activity link. I thought it to be an issue with port 8021, but it is enabled in fact, and this issue doesn't show when I test BBB room from the demo url generated right after BBB was installed. I'm quite confused, can you help? Thanks a lot.
  • Picture of Lin Hu
    Mon, Sep 2, 2019, 8:26 PM
    can users also start a recording ? and is this shown in here profile ?
  • Picture of Francis Vendrell
    Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 2:25 AM
    Hello, we had an "2200 error" tonight and the video/image was not available (only sound). What does this error mean? (Moodle 3.6.3 and BBB v. 2.3).
    Thank you in advance for any advice...
  • Picture of German Acevedo
    Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 12:05 AM
    We want to hide the date column in the recordings area. Is it possible? Which file do I need to modify?
    Thanks in advance for any help on this.
  • Picture of German Acevedo
    Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 12:06 AM
    We want to hide the date column in the recordings area. Is it possible? Which file do I need to modify?
    Thanks in advance for any help on this.
  • Anne
    Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 6:15 PM
    We use BBB activity plugin since 2015 and it's great . We also use, for some trainings , the activity completion. This is very limited for BBB activity plugin : only viewing a BBB activity triggers the activivity completion even if the user never join the BBB session. So, we would like a solution to be able to differentiate joining BBB session and accessing to recordings.
    Thanks in advance if you can do anything .
  • Picture of Adam Barker
    Tue, Oct 15, 2019, 4:52 PM
    We have had issues trying to import recording from one course to another, using an administrator account. We are unable to achieve this we think because of this line.

    locallib.php -> Line: 1989
    if (isset($bbbsession['group']) && $recording['meetingID'] != $bbbsession['meetingid']) {

    Group defaults to 0 if not in a group but then the $recording['meetingID'] will never match the $bbbsession['meetingid']

    Please can you check if this is a bug or what an admin needs to do to ensure they see all recordings on import.

  • Picture of bryan chave
    Sat, Oct 19, 2019, 7:35 AM
    Hi, I have a problem and at the moment of sharing the screen, the sound of my desktop is not shared, I do not know if this is possible with BBB and is implemented the sharing of desktop sound as Skype for example.
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 2:46 AM
    BigBlueButton's screen sharing uses the browsers's ability to capture the screen via WeRTC; however, the browser's does not capture the audio, just the screen.
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 10:57 PM
    Hi, I am wanting to use BBB to allow tutors to carry out 1:1 tutorials with their learners. I don't want to go down the road of creating a group for each learner - but want the ability for the tutor to be able to select the participant they want. The 'Participants' option in the settings looks like it should do this, but doesn't seem to be restricting the view to the chosen leanrers - as in non selected learners are still able to join the session.

    Is what I want possible, and if so how?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Hi Dave, can we get you to post this question to!forum/bigbluebutton-users (see and we'll help you there. It's really hard to have a discussion in the comment thread for this plugin. Thanks!
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 11:46 PM
    Fred - I tried to post the question into the Google forum as requested, but my request to join the group has been denied (I used my a6training account to request access).
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