Activities ::: mod_bigbluebuttonbn
Maintained by Fred Dixon, Jesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.
Latest release:
20140 sites
327 fans
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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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Fri, Nov 25, 2016, 4:23 PM
    Is it possible to use two different BigBlueButton servers within one instance of Moodle?
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    Thanks, Fred!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 6:09 AM
    Hi Fred.

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

  • Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 4:08 AM
    Is there a way to use BigBlueButtonBN in Moodle without Flash but with HTML5?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
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