Course formats ::: format_buttons
Maintained by Rodrigo Brandão
Buttons is a course format that creates a menu with buttons to access the sections, one by one. Please favourite ♥!
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Moodle 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11

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

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* 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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  • Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 10:14 PM
    +1 to moodle 3.6 please!
  • 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
  • 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: https://github.com/brandaorodrigo/moodle-format_buttons/commit/14b3171095257b171cac10c3c874721d4daae015#diff-4e7bb40584b55a44f4657b188986bff4R63. This is causing all the content in other course formats not to be displayed. And issues that are not my fault: https://github.com/gjb2048/moodle-format_grid/issues/103.

    Please fix or remove the version ASAP.

  • Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 9:16 PM
    Gareth J Barnard, issue fixed!
  • Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 5:28 PM
    Gareth, Rodrigo, I can confirm the 2019100702 version fixes the bug. Thanks
  • Stefano Guglielmetti
    Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 7:55 PM
    Hi Rodrigo, great plugin!
    I have a little problem: I want edit to edit the permissions for one capability but I don't find this plugin in the list. How can I do it?
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 9:27 PM
    Hi, Rodrigo.

    Is this course format compatible with Moodle App?

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 5:46 AM
    Olá, Rodrigo.

    Estou com o seguinte problema: ao usar este formato de curso e colocar uma restrição de data nas Seções o meu perfil de "Professor" perde o acesso a elas. Com estas mesmas configurações, mas usando o formato "Tópicos" o meu perfil de Professor tem acesso.

  • Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 4:56 PM
    Hi, we are upgrading from 3.5 to 3.9 and would like to continue use of this plugin. Will it work on 3.9 or are there plans to release a version for 3.9?
  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 7:38 PM
    Hello Rodrigo. We like this format a lot. Do you have plans for adding tooltips to the buttons? So a user can hoover over the buttons without having to click on the button to see the content. That would be great if that's posible..
  • Tue, Jan 5, 2021, 12:38 AM
    Same question. Is there an update to Moodle 3.10 ? Thank you
  • Wed, Feb 3, 2021, 10:40 PM
    Hello Mr. Brandão.

    First of all I want to say tha your button format looks great. We would be very keen to use it on many courses at the university I work for. We do have a question though.

    Are there plans to make the the button format more accessible ? It's a great format but it lacks the capacity to be navigated by using the keyboard (press tab to go down, press shift+tab to go up, press enter to access) like a disabled person using a screen reader would do.

    After trying to adjust it through Javascript, I discovered that it would only need a few Aria roles and attributes to be fonctionnal. Would you consider adding them ?
  • Mon, Aug 23, 2021, 10:28 PM
    Olá Rodrigo, obrigado pelo plugin!

    Estamos atualizando pra versão 3.11 mas parece que o plugin ainda não tem suporte... Tem planos para atualizar o plugin?

    Hilton M. Cardoso
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