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 Stephen Dame
    Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 6:39 PM
    Looks like newest version of plugin not longer allows for setting duration on an activity level or individual moodle server setting , so every activity is fixed to the server default. Is this correct?
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 10:37 PM
    @Stephen Dame,

    It is correct, the configuration of duration has been removed.

    Configuring the duration per activity/room was a workaround for limiting the duration of recordings in version 0.8x. Since the start/stop recording button was added in version 0.9x, configuring the duration is no longer required.

    And in fact, that feature has been causing more troubles than benefits. We constantly receive reports from teachers/students claiming that they were all randomly disconnected, or consistently disconnected before the time they had planned. This is very common when the room is opened by students beforehand, sometimes even long time before the teacher joined the session.

    We may include a different mechanism for managing duration in a further version, but we need first to have the ability in BBB of sending notifications to users so they know that they are going to be kicked because the configuration of the session and no because a failure in BBB.
  • Picture of Saroj Poudel
    Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 7:39 AM
    Hello everyone. I am new to Moodle and BigBlueButton. Previously i was able to record the bbb video sessions from the Recordingsbn plugin but now the recording doesnot appear on there. In the server also i can only find the audio files. Can anyone tell me where can i find the Video sessions recorded by bbb in Moodle. I am tired of searching, its nowhere to be found. I found all the files seperate shared desktop files, audio files, presentations, webcams but not the recorded video of the online class.
    Any help is appreciated.
  • Heráclito Xavier
    Sat, Jan 30, 2016, 2:02 AM
    Olá sou Heráclito Xavier, administro cursos no Moodle e utilizo muito o plugin BigBlueButton. Atualizei o moodle para a versão mais recente 3.0.2+ e instalei o plugin BigBlueButtonBN, porém quando o testo, esse apresenta o seguinte erro: ERROR 500 - INTERNAL SERVER ERROR no servidor hostgator. Todas as funcionalidades do Moodle estão ok, porém o plugin BigBlueButton apresenta esse erro. Como posso resolver esse problema?
  • Picture of Cristina Fierbinteanu
    Sat, Jan 30, 2016, 9:47 PM
    Hello everyone. I have just tried BigBlueButton in the Moodle Cloud. I'm very impressed and would love to use it for teaching, but it looks like RecordingsBN is not available as well. I was wondering if there was a way to record BigBlueButton sessions from the Moodle Cloud. Thank you for any comment and advice!
  • Picture of Theodosis Karageorgakis
    Sun, Apr 17, 2016, 4:35 PM
    Thank you for this awesome plug in! I'd like to know if it is possible to deny the use of cameras by the viewers. Thank you
  • Picture of tecnico conozimiento
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 7:21 PM
    I've tested the plugin woks well but I was found flash player is necessary. In FAQ questions at project webpage i've found presentations talking about html5 and webrtc and mobile supports. And in the demo at bbb webpage is possible to launch html5 client. Are avalaibles for moodle? if not, When? thank you so much
  • Picture of Kris Ken
    Fri, May 13, 2016, 3:36 PM
    Hi! I can't use BigBluebutton now,. This is what I get
    Unable to display the meetings. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running.
    Im just using the default server and salt.
  • Picture of Francis Feytout
    Tue, May 24, 2016, 3:52 PM
    I have some functionality problems between the latest versions of the plugin and my 0.81 server.
    Are there compatibility issues with the older versions of the BBB server and are they listed somewhere ?
  • Picture of Eduardo Llaguno
    Thu, Jun 2, 2016, 2:27 AM
    Installed the suggested new version on Moodle 2.6.1 and creates a Syntax Error, only the former version worked. Tried to report this on tracker.moodle but didn't showed this Moodle version to make the report, so maybe you are already aware.
  • Picture of Brijesh Yadav
    Thu, Jun 2, 2016, 6:42 PM
    How to setup up our own BigBlueButton server
  • Picture of Brijesh Yadav
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 8:30 PM
    Jesus Federico
    Can we stup our own host instead of for BBB
    Please suggest me
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 8:35 PM
    Hi Brijesh, BigBlueButton is open source. For more information (and steps to setup your own BigBlueButton server), see the documentation at
  • Picture of Brijesh Yadav
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 8:37 PM
    Thanks For Yor Response
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