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 Brijesh Yadav
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 9:04 PM
    Hi Fred Dixon,
    When we replace the path from "" to our host name FROM ADMIN SECTION then we got an error like Unable to join the meeting. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running.
  • Picture of Brijesh Yadav
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 9:14 PM
    Hi Fred Dixon,
    Please suggest me.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 9:23 PM
    Brijesh Yadav,
    This is not the space for support, please, please, please, read the description of this plugin and use the resources there described. We won;t be responding you here.

    "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. The more details you provide the easiest for anyone to help you. "
  • Picture of José luis gonzalez
    Sat, Jun 4, 2016, 7:03 AM
    I have got a problem to use BBB in a mobile, I am using moodle 3.0 and Moodle Mobile 3.1, and flash 11.1 both in my mobile. A message" you need flash installed and enabled in order to use the flash client.Server is in
    what can i do? I will try firefox and not chrome
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 12:09 AM
    Hi José, there is no mobile client for BigBlueButton 1.0. We are working on a HTML5 client for mobile access. For more details see:
  • Picture of Aaron Stanley
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016, 10:35 PM
    In our implementation we have a BBB server running 1.0 connected to a Moodle instance running Moodle 3.1+ (Build: 20160707) using the BigBlueButtonBN plugin (2016051902) and Recordings plugin (2016051902). At this point it appears that the firewalls on both servers allow for communication back and forth (in fact I've seen the same error with both firewalls turned off). When I create an activity and try to include the presentation using the Moodle plugin I see an error on the BBB server:

    2016-07-13 10:23:10,006-04:00 ERROR org.bigbluebutton.presentation.PresentationUrlDownloadService - IOException for url=[https://mymoodleserveraddress/pluginfile.php/930111/mod_bigbluebuttonbn/presentation/58245dbcd1a2a7ef11c72343596aeb73/presentaitionfile.pdf] with meeting[708c5af2d85c6bf502bee94d247585711112b23e-1468419789996]

    Any thoughts on what might be causing this issue?

  • Picture of Irina Marakasova
    Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 3:20 PM
    Dood day! Thaks for your product. We have one problem with it. We upload presentation (.ppt) to a our room, but our relative hyperlinks don't work (links when the target documents are in the same folder as presentation or link to the page of the presentation). Can we somehow solve the problem?
    Thank you!
  • Picture of Skanda Mallappa
    Wed, Nov 2, 2016, 4:18 PM
    Hi I am not able to see the record-setting while adding bigbluebutton as a activity in moodle.
  • Picture of Luis Ruiz
    Thu, Nov 3, 2016, 11:26 PM
    Hello! I have already installed the plugin on my site! I have done a test and I recorded the session. But the recording does not appear on the site! I could be happening? I appreciate any help. Thank you!
  • Picture of Mike Nest
    Fri, Nov 25, 2016, 4:23 PM
    Is it possible to use two different BigBlueButton servers within one instance of Moodle?
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Mon, Nov 28, 2016, 5:20 AM
    Hi Mike,

    Not out-of-the-box. You would need to create a layer of logic between Moodle and the BigBlueButton server to manage the two servers and make them appear as one.

    Regards,.. Fred
  • Picture of Jose Luis Martin Jimenez
    Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 5:54 PM
    Hello, we have 2.1.2 version of BigBlueButtonBN with Moodle 3.1.2 and we've found a small problem.

    When I use the "Description" section to include some text and any image (uploading a .png file), there is no problem to see this image when I enter to "Edit settings".
    Also, I have enabled "Display description on course page" and it works fine. I can see the text and this image in the main page of my course. OK.
    But when I use the link to enter the BigBlueButtonBN activity ( the image is not displayed.

    Using Firebug I can see that the code when the image fails says ... img src="@@PLUGINFILE@@/nameofmyimage.png" ...

    But in the main page (when image is displayed ok), the code says ... img src="" ...

    Is this a bug?
  • Picture of Mike Nest
    Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    Thanks, Fred!
  • Picture of Abdul Gil Ferreira
    Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 3:04 PM

    We have a Moodle 3.1 installation with BigBlueButtonBN 2.1.5 (2016051909). For now, we are using the test server to review the functionalities. Everything works very good, but at the momment when we try with the Breakout rooms, there is an error (ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT). Is this feature will no longer be available for testing?

    Thank´s a lot. Regards
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 6:46 AM
    Hi Abdul, can you try the breakout rooms again and let us know if they are working for you now.

    Regards,.. Fred
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