Activities: BigBlueButtonBN

Maintained by Picture of Fred Dixon Fred Dixon, Picture of Jesus Federico Jesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.
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Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education.  The goal of the project is to enable universities, colleges, and K12 to delivery a high-quality learning experience to remote students.

BigBlueButton supports real-time sharing of slides (including whiteboard), audio, video, chat, and desktops.  It also record all content for later playback.

The BigBlueButton project was started in 2008 by Blindside Networks.  In addition our work on BigBlueButton core, we created this Moodle 2.x activity module so you can fully leverage BigBlueButton's capabilities from within your courses.

This module enables you to:

  • Create multiple activity links to on-line sessions within a course
  • Restrict students from joining a session until a teacher (moderator) joins the session
  • Launch BigBlueButton in a separate window
  • Create a custom welcome message that appears at the top of the chat window when joining the session
  • Specify join open/close dates for the session that appears in the Moodle's calendar
  • Record a session (requires BigBlueButton 0.8 or later)
  • Access and mange recordings (requires installation of recordingsbn)

The following YouTube video to demonstrate how to use this plugin (you can skip the first part on installation if your installing from

Note: If you are installing manually, the video shows uncompressing a single ZIP file that contains two modules: mod/bigbluebuttonbn (create BigBlueButton activity links) and mod/recordingsbn (access recordings).  This is equivalent to installing both bigbluebuttonbn and recordingsbn.

The BigBlueButtonBN module works out-of-the-box with, a BigBlueButton server that Blindside Networks maintains for the community to help test your installation with BigBlueButton.  

For information on setting up your own BigBlueButton server, see

BigBlueButton and the BigBlueButton logo are trademarks of BigBlueButton Inc.

If you think you have found a bug in this plugin please open a ticket in the Bug Tracker and provide details of how to reproduce the issue. The more details you provide the easies for us to find and solve the problem.

If you need help for configuring or using this plugin please use the Forums. There are hundreds of users subscribed in the forums and many of them are willing to help. Besides your question may have been responded already. Using the search option can save you time. Also when asking for help provide the more possible details. The more details you provide the easiest for anyone to help you.

Information that may help is always the version of the Plugin, the version of Moodle where the plugin is installed (in some cases also the version of PHP). But mainly the message error you received. Screen caps are always a plus.


This plugin is part of sets Big Blue Button, Music Questions, MoodleCloud.


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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Mike Nest
    Mon, 5 Dec 2016, 6:29 PM
    Thanks, Fred!
  • Picture of Abdul Gil Ferreira
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 3:04 PM

    We have a Moodle 3.1 installation with BigBlueButtonBN 2.1.5 (2016051909). For now, we are using the test server to review the functionalities. Everything works very good, but at the momment when we try with the Breakout rooms, there is an error (ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT). Is this feature will no longer be available for testing?

    Thank´s a lot. Regards
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Wed, 22 Feb 2017, 6:46 AM
    Hi Abdul, can you try the breakout rooms again and let us know if they are working for you now.

    Regards,.. Fred
  • Picture of Abdul Gil Ferreira
    Sat, 25 Feb 2017, 6:09 AM
    Hi Fred.

    Thanks for your atention. The problem was fixed. Any detail i'll let you know.

  • Picture of Gere mia
    Fri, 7 Apr 2017, 4:08 AM
    Is there a way to use BigBlueButtonBN in Moodle without Flash but with HTML5?
  • Picture of Cristhian Delgado
    Sat, 6 May 2017, 11:43 AM
    I have this error when i try to do run bigbluebutton on moodle "We could not find a config for this request. Can you help me, please?
  • Picture of Henrik sune Pedersen
    Thu, 11 May 2017, 8:04 PM
    We have a teacher that would like the Raise hand function to play a sound for the teachers of the course so he / she is notified that a student has raised hand. I cant seem to find a place to put issues or improvements on your github so hopefully you will answer here smile
  • Picture of Panayiotis Papachiou
    Mon, 22 May 2017, 6:13 PM
    Our installation is on Moodle 3.1 with plugin version 2.1.9. We cannot assign any other roles for participants., other than viewer.
    Thank you.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Tue, 23 May 2017, 12:58 AM
    Hi Panaylotis,
    Bugs should be reported through the tracking system. It is the best way for developers to work on them.
    You can try this version it includes a hot-fix that adresses issue directly related with the issue you are reporting.

    An update should be released soon
  • Picture of Abdul Gil Ferreira
    Fri, 2 Jun 2017, 8:05 AM
    Hi Fred/Jesús.

    Currently, when an user share desktop, we can only see, but have you considered to add the possibility to hear the audio of an application running in the user's computer that is sharing the desktop?

    Thanks for your attention

    Regards from Mexico!
  • Picture of Rob Mills
    Fri, 9 Jun 2017, 6:58 PM

    Update to 2.1.11 this morning and now I am getting this error:


    Help!! trying to demo this idea to a group of instructors.

  • Picture of Rob Mills
    Fri, 9 Jun 2017, 8:22 PM
    Further to previous post - I completely installed the plugin and reinstalled and on finalising the config I go the same error with this stack trace

    Stack trace:
    line 496 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 54 of /mod/bigbluebuttonbn/mod_form.php: call to print_error()
    line 204 of /lib/formslib.php: call to mod_bigbluebuttonbn_mod_form->definition()
    line 97 of /course/moodleform_mod.php: call to moodleform->__construct()
    line 141 of /course/modedit.php: call to moodleform_mod->__construct()
  • Picture of Rahul chowdhary
    Fri, 9 Jun 2017, 9:24 PM
    How can we launch bbb html5 client for users and java version for moderator?
  • Picture of Yezi Yang
    Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 2:40 PM

    When creating a Bigbluebutton activity in Moodle 3.3, the setting sections are not able to be expanded. As can be seen from the screen shot here: .

    It has the same problem in Moodle default themes Clean and Boost themes. I am using Moodle 3.3, Php 5.6.27 and MySQL 5.7.16. I installed the latest version of the plugin version 2016051916. My institution is using Bigbluebutton for years. It is important to have the bbb activity work. I am really looking forward to seeing this problem to be fixed soon. Thank you for your help!
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 2:53 AM
    I always assume people will read the description or scroll up and see some of the previous posts before publishing questions here. Some people certainly do, but some never. SO, for those who don't and will read only the last post, remember:

    Bugs should be reported through the tracking system. It is the best way for developers to work on them
    Any other inquiry should be posted in the forums (Webconferencing plugins section)

    Please, help us to help you!
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