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Maintained by Picture of Bruno Sampaio Bruno Sampaio
Global chat for Moodle. With this plugin teachers and students can communicate in real time through Moodle.

This plugin introduces a chat for Moodle very similar to Google Chat or Facebook Chat. It uses a block to list all online users that are part of all courses a user is subscribed to, and opens a chat window on the bottom of the page when a online user is clicked.

The advantages of this chat are:
- Users don't need to open a separate window to use this chat, while Moodle activity chat needs them to do so;
- A user can establish a real time conversation with other online users subscribed to the courses this user belongs to;
- Users can change between pages and their open conversations will always be there;

If you are a student use it to collaborate with your colleagues, or to ask questions to your teachers.
If you are a teacher use it to communicate with your students individually.

We believe Moodle needs a different chat concept, that's why we decided to create this plugin. It still needs some improvement, but first we would like to know what people think about this idea smile


This plugin is part of set Cubic.




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  • Picture of Curtis Stewart
    Tue, Jan 14, 2014, 9:33 AM
    Hey Bruno,

    I contacted my hosting provider and it turns out I actually need root privileges to run this and in the end that only comes with a dedicated server. So I guess I'm unfortunately out of luck. I had thought I was getting on the right track when i found out that i could use SSH and that I could open a port by upgrading to a dedicated ip (for only a couple extra bucks a month), but unfortunately I ran into a hurdle that i'm not willing to jump at this point in my life.

    So as far as getting this to work on a shared host, it's most likely a no-go for anybody looking to do this. Hope this is helpful to anybody looking for answers.
  • Picture of Eric Simard
    Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 12:25 AM
    Any feedback on if it is working for 2.6???
  • Picture of Ilona Lasica
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014, 7:19 PM
    I'm having problems on using this plugin with Windows Servers... Any help on this? is there a different way I need to install it?
  • Picture of Ilona Lasica
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014, 7:19 PM
    I'm having problems on using this plugin with Windows Servers... Any help on this? is there a different way I need to install it?
  • Picture of Jonathan Walsh
    Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 12:44 AM
    Hi there? Does this block allow users enrolled in a shared course to chat with each other when they are on other courses that the other is not enrolled on? In other words does this block recognise when users share course enrolment and work globally through the moodle site? Thanks in advance,
  • Picture of Bruno Sampaio
    Sun, Mar 23, 2014, 7:14 AM
    Hi Jonathan! This block allows a user to talk with all other users that participate on his courses. I don't know what you mean with "shared course", but I hope that answers your question.
  • Picture of Edwin Ayernor
    Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 1:40 AM
    I get an error message "the connection with the server was lost' how do I resolve this..
  • Picture of Thiago Henrique Ornelas Costa
    Thu, May 8, 2014, 4:28 AM
    Olá Bruno tudo bem? Gostaria de Saber, haverá uma atualização desse Bloco Chat Global para as versões atuais do moodle? é uma ferramenta de comunicação Síncrona muito importante na interatividade no ambiente e gostaria de implementar no nosso ambiente, mas como temos a versão 2.5 não é possível utilizar esta versão já que está em 2.4 correto? Haverá novas atualizações de acordo com a versão do Moodle? Agradeço! sucesso e ótimo trabalho!
  • Picture of Bruno Sampaio
    Fri, May 9, 2014, 4:37 PM
    Olá Thiago! Infelizmente penso que não conseguirei trabalhar em novas versões para este plugin nos próximos tempos. No entanto, penso que outros utilizadores já tentaram utilizar este plugin na versão 2.5 e não deu problemas. Sugiro que experimente. Obrigado.
  • Picture of cesar yaril
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 5:18 AM
    I expect see the version of this plugin for moodle 2.6
  • Arun
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 7:21 PM
    Hey Bruno,
    For me, rapidly it is showing "The connection with the server was lost!" with my centos server and moodle 2.5. Even i configured supervisord.conf but no luck still getting the same error. Here the question is why disconnection is happening after some time and in the logs it is saying "An error has occurred: Error reading from database". It is quite interesting i don't know, after disconnection happens if i kill port running then it is connecting(I know this is happening because of supervisor). Can you please help with this hell??
  • Picture of Mark Williamson
    Tue, Nov 4, 2014, 3:42 AM
    I installed gchat into my Moodle local instances 2.7 and 2.4, it installed fine. However, when I tried running the run.php file, it said...
    Error: Database connection failed

    It is possible that the database is overloaded or otherwise not running properly.

    The site administrator should also check that the database details have been correctly specified in config.php


    The moodle instance is working fine, I even tried changing the config to use root user for DB, but got same message. Just wondering if you ever came a cross the error before.
    Php version is PHP 5.5.14 (cli)
    Any advice appreciated.
  • Picture of Jonatas Treptow
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014, 8:46 PM
    Como faço pra instalar em um Windows Server?
  • Picture of Gustavo André
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 5:42 PM
    Olá, baixei seu plugin e adorei a ideia dele! Mas uso um tema chamado Essential (, parece que seu plugin e o tema não são compatíveis... Quando estou logado no tema padrão do Moodle o chat funciona normalmente, mas quando estou usando o Essential o chat não aparece, só aparece uma faixa branca no lugar dele no rodapé do site. O que devo fazer para corrigir o problema?

    Hello , I downloaded your plugin and loved the idea of it ! But I use a theme called Essential ( ) , it seems that your plugin and theme are not compatible ... When I'm logged in the default theme for Moodle chat works normally, but when I'm using Essential chat does not appear , a white band only appears in his place at the footer of the site . What should I do to fix the problem ?
  • Picture of can meşe
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 12:05 AM
    You should make easy of installation. I have problem about connection. Warning messages is : "The connection with the server was lost!" How will we solve?
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