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 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
  • Picture of Abdul Gil Ferreira
    Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 6:09 AM
    Hi Fred.

    Thanks for your atention. The problem was fixed. Any detail i'll let you know.

  • Picture of Gere mia
    Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 4:08 AM
    Is there a way to use BigBlueButtonBN in Moodle without Flash but with HTML5?
  • Picture of Cristhian Delgado
    Sat, May 6, 2017, 11:43 AM
    I have this error when i try to do run bigbluebutton on moodle "We could not find a config for this request. Can you help me, please?
  • Picture of Henrik sune Pedersen
    Thu, May 11, 2017, 8:04 PM
    We have a teacher that would like the Raise hand function to play a sound for the teachers of the course so he / she is notified that a student has raised hand. I cant seem to find a place to put issues or improvements on your github so hopefully you will answer here smile
  • Picture of Panayiotis Papachiou
    Mon, May 22, 2017, 6:13 PM
    Our installation is on Moodle 3.1 with plugin version 2.1.9. We cannot assign any other roles for participants., other than viewer.
    Thank you.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Tue, May 23, 2017, 12:58 AM
    Hi Panaylotis,
    Bugs should be reported through the tracking system. It is the best way for developers to work on them.
    You can try this version it includes a hot-fix that adresses issue directly related with the issue you are reporting.

    An update should be released soon
  • Picture of Abdul Gil Ferreira
    Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 8:05 AM
    Hi Fred/Jesús.

    Currently, when an user share desktop, we can only see, but have you considered to add the possibility to hear the audio of an application running in the user's computer that is sharing the desktop?

    Thanks for your attention

    Regards from Mexico!
  • Picture of Rob Mills
    Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 6:58 PM

    Update to 2.1.11 this morning and now I am getting this error:


    Help!! trying to demo this idea to a group of instructors.

  • Picture of Rob Mills
    Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 8:22 PM
    Further to previous post - I completely installed the plugin and reinstalled and on finalising the config I go the same error with this stack trace

    Stack trace:
    line 496 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 54 of /mod/bigbluebuttonbn/mod_form.php: call to print_error()
    line 204 of /lib/formslib.php: call to mod_bigbluebuttonbn_mod_form->definition()
    line 97 of /course/moodleform_mod.php: call to moodleform->__construct()
    line 141 of /course/modedit.php: call to moodleform_mod->__construct()
  • Picture of Rahul chowdhary
    Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 9:24 PM
    How can we launch bbb html5 client for users and java version for moderator?
  • Picture of Yezi Yang
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017, 2:40 PM

    When creating a Bigbluebutton activity in Moodle 3.3, the setting sections are not able to be expanded. As can be seen from the screen shot here: .

    It has the same problem in Moodle default themes Clean and Boost themes. I am using Moodle 3.3, Php 5.6.27 and MySQL 5.7.16. I installed the latest version of the plugin version 2016051916. My institution is using Bigbluebutton for years. It is important to have the bbb activity work. I am really looking forward to seeing this problem to be fixed soon. Thank you for your help!
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Tue, Jun 27, 2017, 2:53 AM
    I always assume people will read the description or scroll up and see some of the previous posts before publishing questions here. Some people certainly do, but some never. SO, for those who don't and will read only the last post, remember:

    Bugs should be reported through the tracking system. It is the best way for developers to work on them
    Any other inquiry should be posted in the forums (Webconferencing plugins section)

    Please, help us to help you!
  • Picture of Yezi Yang
    Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 10:06 AM

    I installed the latest version of the plugin on Moodle 3.3. But the collapsed section in the bbb activity setting is not clickable and cannot be open. I tested it with Moodle default theme. I really hope that anyone could help with the problem. Thank you!
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