Activities: Etherpad Lite

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An activity module to integrate etherpad-lite with Moodle. To use this plugin, you will need to have an etherpad-lite server that runs on at least the same 2nd-level-domain as your Moodle server.
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This is an activity module, which integrates etherpad(-lite) into Moodle.

This plugin allows you to write collaborative in real-time.


To use this plugin, you need to have an etherpad-lite installation.

More info can be found on the github pages from this plugin

and from etherpad-lite


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Moodle-Dev Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Lead maintainer)
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Timo Welde: Developer
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  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Tue, 24 Feb 2015, 5:24 PM
    Marking this as needing more work so that it can be clarified and confirmed that the most recent versions were uploaded here to be reviewed. Thanks in advance.
  • Hello Thomasz, hello David,

    yes it was waiting. I think there were some issues with the site and this plugin was lost for some months.. No matter what, now it is here ;)

    The Humboldt University of Berlin is actively using this plugin, so it will be maintained, not only by me, but the other staff, too.

    I uploaded our new version for Moodle 2.7

    We would be very pleased, if you can help.

    Best regards
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, 26 Feb 2015, 6:59 AM
    Thanks for the update Timo. I heard about Etherpad and really like that. We will check your plugin soon and will let you know here.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Fri, 27 Feb 2015, 5:56 PM
    Thanks again Timo for sharing this plugin and for fixing the issues raised above. The code looks mature and in line with Moodle development practises (apart from details such as using the PHP close tags which we generally discourage). It's good to see your commitment to maintain this plugin in the future. I am going to approve the plugin now. Welcome to the Plugins directory!
  • Picture of Torsten Händler
    Mon, 16 Mar 2015, 11:16 PM
    hey, is it possible to backup and restore or import the etherpadlite-activity?
  • Picture of Timo Welde
    Mon, 16 Mar 2015, 11:45 PM
    Hi Torsten,
    yes it is possible to do that.
    The plugin stores the content of the pad in the backup and puts it into a new one on restore/import.
    Thanks for the question.
  • Picture of Torsten Händler
    Tue, 17 Mar 2015, 12:29 AM
    Hey Timo thanks for the fast answer,
    I will check it tomorrow,
    greetz to Jan, maybe he knows me from leipzig ;)
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Thu, 16 Jul 2015, 11:39 AM
    Many thanks for making this plugin available to the community - really great work. Do you have any plans to add groups support?
  • Lina
    Thu, 7 Jan 2016, 3:45 PM
    Hi Etherpad plugin contributor,
    Thanks a lot for your contributions. I've installed CentOS 7 and the latest released etherpad on my test server, the installation is ok and I can use etherpad. But when I created an etherpad activity on moodle(moodle 2.8), there are some error messages:
    Debug info:
    Error code: generalexceptionmessage
    Stack trace:
    line 107 of /mod/etherpadlite/etherpad-lite-client.php: UnexpectedValueException thrown
    line 60 of /mod/etherpadlite/etherpad-lite-client.php: call to EtherpadLiteClient->call()
    line 148 of /mod/etherpadlite/etherpad-lite-client.php: call to EtherpadLiteClient->post()
    line 62 of /mod/etherpadlite/lib.php: call to EtherpadLiteClient->createGroup()
    line 121 of /course/modlib.php: call to etherpadlite_add_instance()
    line 266 of /course/modedit.php: call to add_moduleinfo()
    Could it by any chance be a plugin error?
    Thanks and look forward to your reply.
  • Picture of Ni Pro
    Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 8:44 PM
    Hi everyone,
    The etherpad soudns really interesting, but as far as I see there is no version for moodle 2.9. Is such version planned?
  • Picture of Eugene Matusov
    Sun, 21 Feb 2016, 7:00 AM
    The plugin works fine on Moodle 3.0.2 (PHP 7.0.3 64-bit, MySQL 5.7 64-bit, Windows 2012R II8.5 64-bit).
  • Picture of Emilie Lenel
    Wed, 11 May 2016, 8:16 PM
    We use this plugin on our Moodle 2.7, it's not mentioned on this page that this plugin is valid for 2.9 and 3.0. Can you plse confirm ? and ideally update this page to mark this plugin as valid after 2.8 ?
  • Lina
    Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 4:06 PM
    Hi Timo. Many thanks for providing this plugin to the community; its functionality is really appreciated by our staff and students, and we’re really grateful to you for your efforts to maintain and update it.

    On that note, please could I quickly query whether you have any plans to update the plugin to be fully compatible with Moodle v3.1, and its new Global Search feature in particular? To clarify: while we’ve tested the Etherpad Lite plugin under v3.1 and all of the core functionality seems to work fine, we’ve found that instances of the activity are not searchable via v3.1’s Global Search feature. Please see the following screenshot for details, which lists all of the available areas that can searched under v3.1 (note that these settings are available via: Site Administration -> Plugins -> Search -> Manage Global Search):

    Note also that the above screenshot was taken on a v3.1 system where the Etherpad Lite plugin is installed and available. However, as you can see, the Etherpad Lite activity is not listed as being available to be searched. Obviously, this is likely to be a significant problem/cause of confusion for users who might want to search for specific instances of the Etherpad Lite activity across Moodle.

    I’m not a developer, but my understanding is that mod plugins can be made searchable relatively easily via the addition of a new search class within the plugin’s codebase (located at ../classes/search/activity.php). Please see the following for further details:

    We really hope this search capability can be added to Etherpad Lite as I’m sure it would be a huge benefit to our users (as well as those of other v3.1 systems) and, again, many thanks for all your efforts to develop this plugin and share it with the community.

    Best wishes,
  • Picture of sebastian seitz
    Fri, 29 Jul 2016, 4:53 PM
    Hi, i installed etherpad.lite ob an ubuntu machine and its working (Plugins: draw, fileupload). Your Ehterpad plugin in moodle 3.11+ is installed without errors. I put my API key in the plugin preferences and take the right url with a virtual host to localhost/pad/. The etherpad is loading but i get the error "Sie haben keine Berechtigung, um auf dieses Pad zuzugreifen", it is a permisson denied error. I am admin and trainer of the course!? so why i get this error message?
  • Picture of Emilie Lenel
    Fri, 17 Mar 2017, 4:32 PM
    Hi, Since the firefox and chrome latest releases, we are facing a lot of issues with our etherpad in Moodle, "No access to pad"...
    We use etherpad for our moodle + redmine, both are running with the same server, with reverse-proxy,
    The only differences are regarding access configuration
    + slightly version difference : moodle instance : 1.5.7 sur redmine instance : 1.6.0
    I wonder if others are facing the same issues ??
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