Safe Exam Browser quiz access rule

Quiz access rules ::: quizaccess_safeexambrowser
Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryTim Hunt, Luca Bösch
This quiz access rule plugin provides Safe Exam Browser 2.0 integration for Moodle
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Note! since Moodle 3.9 a better SEB integration is built into the standard Moodle release. You probably don't need this plugin any more.

This quiz access rule was created by Tim Hunt at the Open University. It provides integration for Safe Exam Browser 2.0 or later with Moodle. It can be used with versions 2.7 of Moodle, or later.

If you install this plugin, there is a new option 'Allowed browser exam keys' on the quiz settings form where you can enter valid keys for version of SEB that should be allowed to attempt the quiz. There is also a new capability 'Not required to use Safe Exam Browser'. Users with that capability (by default teachers and above) are exempt from the secure browser check.

Note this plugin is not needed from Moodle 3.9 onwards any more. Its function is embedded in the default quizaccess_seb access rule. Version 'Release 1.4 for Moodle 3.4+ (20200727)' is the final release.


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  • Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 5:18 PM
    Hello Tim,

    I am trying this plugin,but I got stuck at this part:

    "Once the plugin is installed, there is a new setting Allowed browser keys on the quiz settings form, in the Extra restrictions on attempts section. Here you can enter a list of keys, one per line. A browser key is a 64-character hex string, and the form validation verifies that the keys are like that, and that all the keys given are different."

    Where do I find that key?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 7:01 PM
    It comes from one of the configuration screens when you set up SEB 2.x
  • Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 12:59 AM
    Than you for your reaction Tim. Unfortunaley, I can't find version 2 of teh browser. I see only version 1.9.1 . What am I doing wrong? sad
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 1:01 AM
    Right. It is not finished yet.

    Basic support for SEB1.9 is in standard Moodle. You need to enable it under Experimental features in the admin menu, then you get a setting Browser security -> require SEB in the quiz.
  • Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 9:59 PM
    aha! That explains! I have found it! Thank you very much Tim!
  • Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 2:05 AM
    I remember looking at the Safe Exam Browser option in the past, but for some reason we decided to go with the Respondus Lock-down browser. Does the Safe Exam Browser do what the Respondus Lock-down Browser does now? I also know that it seems that sometimes when there are updates to the Windows software, that it would cause Respondus to give problems. How often is this product updated? Thanks for any information!
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 2:07 AM
    Note, this is just the Moodle integration. If you want to know about the browser, you will get a more informed response if you post at
  • Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 4:50 AM
  • Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 6:54 PM
    It says "Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: Trying to reference an unknown block region side-post" sad
  • Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 7:05 PM
    I am using Moodle 2.5.4
  • Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 7:55 PM
    Also using Essential theme
  • Thu, Aug 14, 2014, 6:00 PM
    Hi Tim, is there a way to set up this plugin without having to input the SEB keys but the quiz still requires SEB to access it (any SEB not just the ones with the keys in the database). Because the way it is currently set up means that a moodle admin needs to set up every SEB on all the students computers in order to enter each specific key into the settings, this is not very useful for geographically dispersed students. Is there a way that I can adjust the plugin code to achieve this? I have a little bit of plugin development experience.
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