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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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, 3 Jun 2016, 9:23 PM
    Brijesh Yadav,
    This is not the space for support, please, please, please, read the description of this plugin and use the resources there described. We won;t be responding you here.

    "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. "
  • Picture of José luis gonzalez
    Sat, 4 Jun 2016, 7:03 AM
    I have got a problem to use BBB in a mobile, I am using moodle 3.0 and Moodle Mobile 3.1, and flash 11.1 both in my mobile. A message" you need flash installed and enabled in order to use the flash client.Server is in
    what can i do? I will try firefox and not chrome
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Sun, 5 Jun 2016, 12:09 AM
    Hi José, there is no mobile client for BigBlueButton 1.0. We are working on a HTML5 client for mobile access. For more details see:
  • Picture of Aaron Stanley
    Wed, 13 Jul 2016, 10:35 PM
    In our implementation we have a BBB server running 1.0 connected to a Moodle instance running Moodle 3.1+ (Build: 20160707) using the BigBlueButtonBN plugin (2016051902) and Recordings plugin (2016051902). At this point it appears that the firewalls on both servers allow for communication back and forth (in fact I've seen the same error with both firewalls turned off). When I create an activity and try to include the presentation using the Moodle plugin I see an error on the BBB server:

    2016-07-13 10:23:10,006-04:00 ERROR org.bigbluebutton.presentation.PresentationUrlDownloadService - IOException for url=[https://mymoodleserveraddress/pluginfile.php/930111/mod_bigbluebuttonbn/presentation/58245dbcd1a2a7ef11c72343596aeb73/presentaitionfile.pdf] with meeting[708c5af2d85c6bf502bee94d247585711112b23e-1468419789996]

    Any thoughts on what might be causing this issue?

  • Picture of Irina Marakasova
    Wed, 3 Aug 2016, 3:20 PM
    Dood day! Thaks for your product. We have one problem with it. We upload presentation (.ppt) to a our room, but our relative hyperlinks don't work (links when the target documents are in the same folder as presentation or link to the page of the presentation). Can we somehow solve the problem?
    Thank you!
  • Picture of Skanda Mallappa
    Wed, 2 Nov 2016, 4:18 PM
    Hi I am not able to see the record-setting while adding bigbluebutton as a activity in moodle.
  • Picture of Luis Ruiz
    Thu, 3 Nov 2016, 11:26 PM
    Hello! I have already installed the plugin on my site! I have done a test and I recorded the session. But the recording does not appear on the site! I could be happening? I appreciate any help. Thank you!
  • Picture of Mike Nest
    Fri, 25 Nov 2016, 4:23 PM
    Is it possible to use two different BigBlueButton servers within one instance of Moodle?
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 5:20 AM
    Hi Mike,

    Not out-of-the-box. You would need to create a layer of logic between Moodle and the BigBlueButton server to manage the two servers and make them appear as one.

    Regards,.. Fred
  • Picture of Jose Luis Martin Jimenez
    Mon, 5 Dec 2016, 5:54 PM
    Hello, we have 2.1.2 version of BigBlueButtonBN with Moodle 3.1.2 and we've found a small problem.

    When I use the "Description" section to include some text and any image (uploading a .png file), there is no problem to see this image when I enter to "Edit settings".
    Also, I have enabled "Display description on course page" and it works fine. I can see the text and this image in the main page of my course. OK.
    But when I use the link to enter the BigBlueButtonBN activity ( the image is not displayed.

    Using Firebug I can see that the code when the image fails says ... img src="@@PLUGINFILE@@/nameofmyimage.png" ...

    But in the main page (when image is displayed ok), the code says ... img src="" ...

    Is this a bug?
  • 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?
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