Filters: Streaming media filter (RTMP)

Maintained by Fred Fred Woolard, Picture of Lacey Vickery Lacey Vickery, Picture of Michelle Melton Michelle Melton
Filters URLs beginning with rtmp:// and creates a Flowplayer player using their streaming plugin.
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The RTMP streaming media filter is used to replace links containing URLs beginning with rtmp:// with a Flowplayer media player using their rtmp plugin. It is contributed by Lacey Vickery and Fred Woolard, and Michelle Melton.

Page output is examined for anchor href values beginning with rtmp:// and ending with a supported extension (currently .mp3, .mp4, .flv, and .f4v). Qualifying links are replaced with a div tag containing 'data-' prefixed attributes that are subsequently used by the plugin's JavaScript module to apply a Flowplayer player to the div. The Adobe Flash Player browser plugin is required.

The plugin was developed to work with Adobe's Flash Media Server, but according to Flowplayer, their RTMP plugin should work with Wowza, and Red5 as well. The plugin has been tested successfully with Amazon's Cloudfront streaming service.

Playlists are supported (v1.3). See the Playlist resource plugin for more information.

Closed captions are supported (v1.4). See additional documentation.

Primitive and limited HTML5 video and audio tags are supported in v1.5 to work in conjunction with Wowza Streaming Engine's and Adobe's FMS' HLS features.


This plugin is part of set RTMP.


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Fred Woolard (Lead maintainer): Author
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Lacey Vickery: Author
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Michelle Melton: Author
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  • Picture of Will Taylor
    Fri, 6 Nov 2015, 4:54 AM
    When might we anticipate a version for Moodle 2.9+ ? This is the only add-on delaying my upgrade, it's essential to my platform (thanks so much for it).
  • Fred
    Sat, 7 Nov 2015, 2:26 AM
    Will, I'd be glad to do a test on 2.9 and if it appears to be working, I'll change the plugin entry to indicate it will work with that version. If you are in a dire rush, then In the meantime you can load in a test instance if you have one to check it also. I don't believe much has changed as far as filters go, and the lib/flowplayer files all appear to be the same as those found in the current 2.8 release.
  • Picture of Luka Torby
    Wed, 2 Dec 2015, 9:53 PM
    I've tried with Moodle 3.0 but video doesn't load . Has someone tried with pos results? Thanks
  • Picture of Will Taylor
    Sun, 10 Jan 2016, 1:56 AM
    Am still looking for a version that will work in Moodle 2.9 or perhaps even 3.0 - will these be forthcoming? Thanks for this most excellent filter.
  • Fred
    Mon, 11 Jan 2016, 8:43 PM
    Will, the updated code is on github. Sorry, I've neglected putting updates in the Moodle plugins DB. Will try to do this soon. But the code on github will work with 2.9 and 3.0. The issue is whether you're running a release from before or after Nov. 6, which is when Moodle changed the way .swf files were fetched (MDL-48085). If you're running a current release, then just use what the plugins DB page indicates is the right one for your selected version.
  • Picture of Luka Torby
    Wed, 31 May 2017, 3:58 AM
    Is there are any problem with Moodle 3.3? Please does someone try this plugin with last moodle version? some solutions?
  • Fred
    Wed, 31 May 2017, 4:10 AM
    Luka.. the versions currently on this site (XX-1.6) do not work with Moodle 3.2 and later due to the significant change of the media player code. We hope to have a new version soon that is compatible. Check back here or on our GitHub repository.
  • Picture of Anderson Hsu
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 10:53 PM
    Dear Support Team,
    If we use plugin for video uploaded, it can use less network bandwidth or not? (Now we upload video in the moodle , and now we face network bandwidth question, when employee in foreign country, it will use more network bandwidth )
    Thanks a lot.
    Best Regards, Anderson Hsu
  • Fred
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 11:11 PM
    Anderson Hsu, this plugin will not work with video uploaded into Moodle, it is for externally hosted video on streaming servers.
  • Picture of Asma MECHERGUI
    Mon, 19 Feb 2018, 10:33 PM
    If our moodle is version 3.3, it does not support Streaming media filter (RTMP) plugin. How can we do for the issue ? Thank you.
  • Picture of Michelle Melton
    Tue, 20 Feb 2018, 2:10 AM
    Asma MECHERGUI, we have pushed the MOODLE_32_STABLE branch for this plugin to GitHub. While only limited testing has been done, this should work for Moodle 3.3 and 3.4 as well.
  • Picture of Asma MECHERGUI
    Tue, 20 Feb 2018, 3:57 PM
    Michelle Melton, Thank you, can you please give the link to this update , and is there any step-by-step guide to follow ( to embed this plugin to my moodle 3.3 version ) ? thanks in advance.
  • Picture of Michelle Melton
    Tue, 20 Feb 2018, 8:50 PM
    Asma MECHERGUI, the link to the 3.2 branch on GitHub is It is installed with the standard Moodle plugin installation procedure - that is outlined on the README, along with an explanation of the available settings.
  • Picture of Asma MECHERGUI
    Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 12:38 AM
    Michelle Melton, Thank you, I test the plugin , it works pretty good on moodle 3.4 version but it does not work on moodle 3.3 version. it just show me the link of the video that start with rtmp://... instead of showing the video in the player. Please how can I resolve this issue ?
  • Picture of Michelle Melton
    Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 2:13 AM
    Asma MECHERGUI, I just tested the plugin to work on 3.3 as well. You need to make sure you have enabled the filter, configured its settings, set its order to be after the core multimedia filter, and make sure the link is a hyperlink (not just link text).
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