Filters: Multi-Embed Filter

Maintained by I Teach With Moodle Frederic Nevers
Moodle filter to facilitate embedding of third-party content using simple copy/paste of URLs (e.g. Google Docs, YouTube, ThingLink, Prezi, Quizlet, Padlet, etc.). 2 new services recently added -> now supports 30 services!
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The Moodle Multi-Embed filter automatically turns URLs from supported services into embedded content, without any user input. By using the Moodle Multi-Embed filter, Moodle users (e.g. teachers) do not need to know how to 'embed' objects from other sites, they only need to know how to copy/paste a URL into their Moodle content, using the standard Moodle editor. 

Now supports 30 online services! GDPR compliant. Lazyloading support (pages load fast)

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Please make sure that you have enabled the 'Convert URLs into links' filter, and placed it above the Multi-Embed filter, as shown below. This setting can be found at Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Manage filters. Ensure both filters are set to 'Content and Headings'

Please ensure that the 'Converts URLs into links and images' filter settings are set to filter all types of content at Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Convert URLs into links and images as shown below 

Depending on your Moodle installation, you may also need to do the following

  • In Site administration > Security > Site policies, set 'Allow EMBED and OBJECT tags' to 'Yes'

Supported services

The following services are currently supported. Services will be added on a regular basis. Please add an issue here if you would like a service to be added

  1. Book Creator -
  2. Canva -
  3. ClassTools -
  4. CodePen -
  5. Desmos -
  6. Diagnostic Questions -
  7. eMaze -
  8. EtherPad -
  9. Personal Google Docs, Drawings, Forms, Sheets, Slides -
  10. GSuite Google Docs, Drawings, Forms, Sheets, Slides -
  11. Google Drive files (PDF, videos, etc.)
  12. Haiku Deck -
  13. ImgUr -
  14. -
  15. LearningApps -
  16. Padlet -
  17. PBS -
  18. PiktoChart -
  19. Poll Everywhere -
  20. Prezi -
  21. Quizlet -
  22. Riddle -
  23. -
  24. Smore -
  25. SoundCloud -
  26. StudyStack -
  27. Sutori -
  28. TED -
  29. ThingLink -
  30. YouTube -

Services tested, not currently supported

The following services have been tested, but cannot currently be supported (either the service does not offer embedding, or the embedding code cannot be reverse-engineered from the URL). Please create an issue here if you think it can be done, or better yet send a pull request here .

Image attribution: Magic Wand by Arthur Shlain under CC-BY-3.0-US License. Colour of icon was changed from black to Lilac.


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  • I Teach With Moodle
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018, 8:56 PM
    Hi Joe,
    It cannot display the document on the left of the window. However, if students post a link to their Google Doc (or any other embedded document) as 'online text', then the embedded version should show on the right-hand side of the window. Quite a few of our teachers use it successfully. We are a 'standards' school, and they can see the rubric, outcomes, feedback etc. when marking, with the embedded document being at the top of the window. I have told teachers to use the icons at the bottom right of the grading window to blow up the feedback window, and hide the PDF viewer. I hope all of that makes sense - it's difficult to explain without a screenshot.
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 11:13 PM
    Hi Fred:

    Great idea using the "online text" box for submissions...tried to follow your directions and came close, but I can't seem to get the Multi-Embed filter to render the Google Doc in the right-hand assignment window....

    Here's a screenshot of the filter activated for an assignment:

    ...and here is a screenshot of what shows up in the right-hand side window of the assignment submission (note the filter is not rendering the Google Doc link):

    Any tips on how to get this working? This would be a huge win for schools using Chromebooks and Google Apps...

    Thanks Fred!


  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 11:45 PM
    Hi Fred:

    Fantastic plugin--teachers are happy to use it and it really makes integration with other apps so easy!

    Feature request for future versions:

    Since many schools are using Google's Chromebooks and Google Drive, is there a way the multi-embed filter could also embed picture or video shared from a Google Drive link?

    This would be handy for many teachers and students (e.g. submit a photo of your notebook, artwork, lab sample, video recording of your flute scales, etc.).....

    Thanks again for sharing your great work with the Moodle community!


  • I Teach With Moodle
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 2:15 PM
    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the comment and idea. I was not ignoring your previous comment - too busy at work. I have just worked out how to embed items that do not contain the correct information in the URL (this was the issue in your previous comment - the URL does not include 'slides/docs/sheets' etc., preventing the embed from happening. For now, you can get the URL from the document edit window instead -that should solve your issue). This will also allow me to add the new feature you requested (images and videos). This is something that my school also needs. Might take me a few weeks, but will get it done when I have some time.
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 9:23 AM
    Hi Fred:

    No worries--completely understand being swamped!!!

    Quick question: can you share directions / examples of a Google Doc URL that would be show up in the Assignment "online text box" so that teachers would be able to grade assignments inside Moodle using the Assignment interface with rubrics, marking comments, etc.?

    Thank you again for this amazing plugin! It makes integrating other resources a snap for teachers to build better experiences for their students!


  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Mon, May 14, 2018, 9:19 PM
    Hi Fred:

    Great plugin and thank you for your updates!

    Feature request for future releases:

    Any chance we could add in support for Office365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote online / cloud based versions?)

    Specifically, being able to embed OneNote Online would be AMAZING ( since OneNote has the newer Class Notebook feature for teachers to easily be able to distribute pages and sections to students, as well as ink over documents, photos, and images in its collaboration space.

    Thanks for sharing your great work with the Moodle community!


  • I Teach With Moodle
    Tue, May 22, 2018, 1:42 PM
    @Joe, I am working on a new version of the plugin. It has lazyloading (to greatly improve performance) and support for all file types stored on Google Drive. I'm adding a few more services (OneNote and Office 365 is not impossible but a bit trickier than the others) and I will release it soon-ish on the's database. If you want early access, please go to my GitHub repository, as I do more frequent code pushes there (Google Drive and lazyloading already available there).
  • Picture of Carl Thelen
    Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 12:48 AM
    Hi, I am contemplating this statement in the instructions: "Depending on your Moodle installation, you may also need to do the following In Site administration > Security > Site policies, set 'Allow EMBED and OBJECT tags' to 'Yes'"
    It is my understanding that setting this ty Yes is a potential security risk, as users may unwittingly (or wittingly) embed malware. In our setup, it is currently set to Yes, but I'm thinking of setting it to No to reduce security risk, but I think I want to use the Multi-embed filter. (Decisions! Decisions!)
    What are your thoughts on my thinking idea? Cheers!
  • I Teach With Moodle
    Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 4:24 PM
    Hi, this is a good question. Does your organisation have a policy regarding such things? Are you located in a country where you/your organisation could potentially be held legally responsible if malware was spread using your Moodle site? I think this would be a good starting point for making a decision.
    If not, I would perform a risk-assessment, and if the risk of malware spreading/other shenanigans is low, then I would leave it on. If you think it's high, then I would turn it off. In my case, the risk is low so we leave it on. I hope this helps.
  • Picture of K Niv
    Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 11:41 AM
    Hi, it's been a year since Mei Ling asked about this feature working for the mobile app. Is there any chance that it will be supported in the near future? We're keen for easy access to Quizlet from the app. Thanks
  • I Teach With Moodle
    Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 2:16 PM
    Hi K Niv,
    I understand your frustrations. Unfortunately, I cannot implement this until the Moodle Mobile app actually handles filters. There is a request for this to happen in the tracker. Please upvote the issue
  • Picture of Andrew Steele
    Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 12:26 AM
    This seems to be a very useful filter. Thanks. I'm struggling to get Prezi files to work. I'm pasting the URL into a page resource but all I get is a white space. Is there a specil trick with Prezis? For example this is what I'm using...
  • I Teach With Moodle
    Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 6:10 PM
    Hi Andrew,
    It looks like Prezi have updated the way they do things. I'll look into it next week, and push a fix if Prezis can still be embedded. Thanks for reporting the issue.
  • Picture of Brad Nielsen
    Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 1:50 PM
    Hi Frederic,
    I like what you have done with the filter. Unfortunately, it looks like Padlet and Quizlet dont work - at least not my installation of Moodle 3.5. It also has a problem handling long URLs. Ted talks work with a short URL but not a long ones.

    kind regards,
  • I Teach With Moodle
    Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 2:36 PM
    Hi Brad,
    Thanks for the report. I am not having issues with either Padlet or Quizlet. Can you please share some URLs that don't work? Same with TED URLs. Feel free to PM me on the system to share the URLs - would like to get to the bottom of this.
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