Course formats: Buttons

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Buttons is a course format that creates a menu with buttons to access the sections, one by one. Please favourite ♥!
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Buttons is a course format that creates a menu with buttons to access the sections, one by one.

If you like the buttons course
format, please considering a donate

(I will maintain the plugin updated)


* Create groups of sections, to separate topics in modules or periods;
* Create names to the groups to identify them. (Example: First Semester, Topics about a specific theme);
* Change the colors of the buttons (when active, inactive, on over and hidden), to fit it your Moodle theme;
* Define the list-style between numbers, alphabet or roman numeral;
* Define the button's shape between squares or circles.


* For recent Moodle versions, you can install this plugin automatically from the Moodle plugins database.

Manual installation

1. You can manually download the zip file from the Moodle Plugins Database.
2. After downloading the zip file, expand it and put it's contents in your .../moodle/course/format/ directory.
3. The folder name must be 'buttons'.
4. Go to 'Admin ► Site administration ► Notifications' page.
5. Follow the instructions inside the page to finish the installation.


1. When creating a new course, select 'Buttons format' in the 'Course format' dropdown menu.
2. To select the format, simply choose it from the list of course formats in the course settings.
3. Choose the number of sections, or leave the default of 10 sections.
4. Choose where you want the first (zero) section (which has the default 'Announcements' forum) positioned: Either 'Above the list buttons' or 'Below the visible section'.
5. Select the sequential rule. You can uses the count original of the topics, or chose to reset the count to each new grouping.
6. Select the list-style in numbers, alphabet or roman numeral.
7. Write the titles for all the groupings you will use and the number of sections that each one will have. If a group has only one section, the icon will be (...).
8. Write the hexadecimal color for the current section button and the visible section button, or leave it empty to use the default value.


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  • Picture of Lionel POUJET
    Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 6:12 PM
    Great ! Thanks a lot !
  • Picture of Andreas Panagiotopoulos
    Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 4:43 PM
    Is there any README file where the changes of the versions are described?

    Thank you!
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Nov 27, 2018, 2:50 AM
    Please, can you add moodle auto-updater to this plugin? We update moodle every
    week and have to find the plugin when the others all do it automatically. It
    would save so much time, thank you.
  • Picture of Iroshini Ratnapala
    Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 11:56 AM
    I really like this course format. Is there any options to change the number of groups? maximum of six is available
  • Picture of Teo Pyl
    Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 5:44 PM
    Can you update it to Moodle 3.6 version please?
  • Picture of Theodosis Karageorgakis
    Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 3:06 PM
    Well made plugin. I am curious though if there is an update to 3.6 planed? Thank you in advance
  • Picture of Christophe Barbot
    Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 6:35 PM
    Same question. Is there an update to Moodle 3.6 ?
  • Picture of Ryan Kuhne
    Wed, Apr 10, 2019, 8:09 PM
    Great plugin! Would love the update for 3.6 though. When installed in 3.6 there seems to be some spacing issues between buttons randomly. I also get some button with "..." instead of numbers in the first section. And the section names do not always appear. Thank you very much for developing and supporting this plugin!!!
  • Picture of Ian Suttie
    Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 10:14 PM
    +1 to moodle 3.6 please!
  • Picture of Dan Jeffries
    Wed, May 8, 2019, 8:04 PM
    Would be great if the Developer could update us about whether this will be 3.6 compatible or not. We love this course format but we need to update to 3.6 or even 3.7 and if Buttons is NOT supported then we really have to consider future plans.

    Rodrigo - speak to us! :D
  • Picture of Jose Polonia
    Thu, May 23, 2019, 8:39 AM
    hi rodrigo, fantastic plugin... congratulations...

    i have a questions, how i can add this format?

    thanks for your help

  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 8:05 PM
    Dear Rodrigo,

    Due to: This is causing all the content in other course formats not to be displayed. And issues that are not my fault:

    Please fix or remove the version ASAP.

  • Picture of Rodrigo Brandão
    Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 9:16 PM
    Gareth J Barnard, issue fixed!
  • Picture of Francis Feytout
    Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 5:28 PM
    Gareth, Rodrigo, I can confirm the 2019100702 version fixes the bug. Thanks
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