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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.

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 set Big Blue Button.


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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Federica Marra
    Fri, Feb 6, 2015, 5:51 PM
  • Picture of vitoria moraes
    Sat, Jun 27, 2015, 5:43 AM
    A portuguese tutorial :
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Sat, Jun 27, 2015, 5:48 AM
    Obrigado Vitoria!
  • Picture of Nieves Avila
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015, 2:39 PM
    For several days, I'm having problems with the shared desktop, when I share with students a gray square appears and doesn't show what I am sharing
  • Picture of Nick Zwart
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 8:17 PM
    I have a problem with Moodle 2.9.2 and the BBB plugin that a teacher and non-editing teacher do not log in as a moderator but as a viewer. I have checked the settings at the Permissions -> define roles and they are ok.
    Any suggestion, am Idoingsomething wrong....???
  • Picture of Fernanda Helena
    Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 3:30 AM
    Boa tarde Jesus, td bem?
    Estamos fazendo um ambiente de teste aqui na empresa que trabalho para treinamentos a distância, primeiramente instalado o moodle e depois o plug-in do BBB, a minha dúvida é: Como eu consigo alterar o endereço ?
    Eu preciso instalar o BBB no servidor para conseguir fazer alteração?
    Agradeço se você puder me ajudar!

  • Picture of Stephen Dame
    Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 6:39 PM
    Looks like newest version of plugin not longer allows for setting duration on an activity level or individual moodle server setting , so every activity is fixed to the server default. Is this correct?
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 10:37 PM
    @Stephen Dame,

    It is correct, the configuration of duration has been removed.

    Configuring the duration per activity/room was a workaround for limiting the duration of recordings in version 0.8x. Since the start/stop recording button was added in version 0.9x, configuring the duration is no longer required.

    And in fact, that feature has been causing more troubles than benefits. We constantly receive reports from teachers/students claiming that they were all randomly disconnected, or consistently disconnected before the time they had planned. This is very common when the room is opened by students beforehand, sometimes even long time before the teacher joined the session.

    We may include a different mechanism for managing duration in a further version, but we need first to have the ability in BBB of sending notifications to users so they know that they are going to be kicked because the configuration of the session and no because a failure in BBB.
  • Picture of Saroj Poudel
    Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 7:39 AM
    Hello everyone. I am new to Moodle and BigBlueButton. Previously i was able to record the bbb video sessions from the Recordingsbn plugin but now the recording doesnot appear on there. In the server also i can only find the audio files. Can anyone tell me where can i find the Video sessions recorded by bbb in Moodle. I am tired of searching, its nowhere to be found. I found all the files seperate shared desktop files, audio files, presentations, webcams but not the recorded video of the online class.
    Any help is appreciated.
  • Heráclito Xavier
    Sat, Jan 30, 2016, 2:02 AM
    Olá sou Heráclito Xavier, administro cursos no Moodle e utilizo muito o plugin BigBlueButton. Atualizei o moodle para a versão mais recente 3.0.2+ e instalei o plugin BigBlueButtonBN, porém quando o testo, esse apresenta o seguinte erro: ERROR 500 - INTERNAL SERVER ERROR no servidor hostgator. Todas as funcionalidades do Moodle estão ok, porém o plugin BigBlueButton apresenta esse erro. Como posso resolver esse problema?
  • Picture of Cristina Fierbinteanu
    Sat, Jan 30, 2016, 9:47 PM
    Hello everyone. I have just tried BigBlueButton in the Moodle Cloud. I'm very impressed and would love to use it for teaching, but it looks like RecordingsBN is not available as well. I was wondering if there was a way to record BigBlueButton sessions from the Moodle Cloud. Thank you for any comment and advice!
  • Picture of Theodosis Karageorgakis
    Sun, Apr 17, 2016, 4:35 PM
    Thank you for this awesome plug in! I'd like to know if it is possible to deny the use of cameras by the viewers. Thank you
  • Picture of tecnico conozimiento
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 7:21 PM
    I've tested the plugin woks well but I was found flash player is necessary. In FAQ questions at project webpage i've found presentations talking about html5 and webrtc and mobile supports. And in the demo at bbb webpage is possible to launch html5 client. Are avalaibles for moodle? if not, When? thank you so much
  • Picture of Kris Ken
    Fri, May 13, 2016, 3:36 PM
    Hi! I can't use BigBluebutton now,. This is what I get
    Unable to display the meetings. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running.
    Im just using the default server and salt.
  • Picture of Francis Feytout
    Tue, May 24, 2016, 3:52 PM
    I have some functionality problems between the latest versions of the plugin and my 0.81 server.
    Are there compatibility issues with the older versions of the BBB server and are they listed somewhere ?
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