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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  • 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.

  • 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()
  • Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 9:24 PM
    How can we launch bbb html5 client for users and java version for moderator?
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 8:07 PM
    I cant't start desktop sharing (using Chrome)
    Thank you
  • Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 4:56 AM
    Hi Borko,

    Do you have the latest version of Java installed on the computer you want to share your screen? The presenter (and only the presenter) needs to have Java installed to run the screen sharing.

    Regards,... Fred
  • Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 3:57 PM
    hi Fred Dixon,
    Excuse me, the meeting after the completion of the recording, how can I get to download the contents of this meeting, is there a way through the link to download?I am currently on this thing is not very understanding, please guidance.thank you
  • Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 4:01 PM
    And how to improve the recording of clarity, thank you very much!!
  • Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 9:36 PM
    Hi, thank you very much for this great plugin! I have a question please: it's possible (using this plugin) share the same BigBlueButton installation from different Moodle installations? I mean, suppose that I have installed 3 Moodle installations on 3 different servers (completely different and isolated installations for different Educational institutions). Can I point the 3 installations to the *same* BigBlueButton server using this plugin? There are any restrictions or issues on this kind of setup? For example, what about the recordings (RecordingsBN)? They will be listed separately on each Moodle installation? (I don't want "share" the recordings between the different Moodle installations. Thank you very much!
  • Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 10:35 PM
    Less than 1 month ago I posted here something (just scroll up a bit). We certainly appreciate the feedback (and I personally believe the comments is the best way for having it) but if you need to interact with the developers there are better channels to do so.

    启龙 曹 too many posts, Leandro Anthonioz Blanc too many questions smile

    I think has to be re-published.


    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!
  • Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 1:41 PM
    i have setup moodle on server
    and for install "BigBlueButtonBN" plugin i have download the plugin and install in my application
    but the installation time i got error

    Validating mod_bigbluebuttonbn ... Error
    [Error] Write access check [/var/www/html/eshvl/mod]
    Installation aborted due to validation failure

    how can install this plugin ?
    please help
  • Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 10:05 PM
    Are you able to install any plugin from
  • Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 10:35 PM
    Hi Ankit -- it's really hard to provide support in these comments as there is no threading. Can we get you to post your issue to our mailing bigbluebutton-support. See
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