Activities: BigBlueButtonBN

Maintained by Picture of Fred DixonFred Dixon, Picture of Jesus FedericoJesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.
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BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for online learning.  The goal of the project is to enable instructors to effectively engage remote students.  The project supports live online classes, virtual office hours, and group collaboration with remote students. 

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

Like Moodle, BigBlueButton is open source.  The BigBlueButton project was started in 2008 by Blindside Networks.  In addition our work on BigBlueButton core, we created this BigBlueButtonBN Moodle plugin so you can fully leverage BigBlueButton's capabilities from within your Moodle site.

The BigBlueButtonBN plugin enables you to:

  • Create multiple activity links to online sessions within any 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
  • Access and manage recordings

The best way to install is directly from  For a video walkthrough of installing the plugin, click the image below

You’ll notice in the video that BigBlueButtonBN module comes pre-configured with a test BigBlueButton server, aptly called  This server is maintained by Blindside Networks maintains to help test your installation with BigBlueButton.  Blindside Networks also develops and maintains the BigBlueButtonBN plugin. 

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 easiest 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. Please provide (a) your version of Moodle, (b) the version of the BigBlueButtonBN plugin, and (c) the error message you are receiving.  A screen capture is usually very helpful. 

While we certainly appreciate feedback on this plugin in the comments sections, but if you found a bug or are looking for support, please use either the Bug Tracker or Forums. 


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


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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 9:46 PM
    > Do I really need a VPS to install BigBlueButton? Can I do it in a shared hosting package?

    We recommend a dedicated server for BigBlueButton. See:
  • Picture of Hafriz Azhan
    Mon, Feb 11, 2019, 6:33 PM
    whenever i install bigbluebutton plugin, all icon either in boost or moove themes broken (fontawesome). anyone have this problem? after uninstalling the plugin, it will be back to normal . Moodle 3.5, latest bigbluebuttonbn plugin version
  • Picture of Sidd Lep
    Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 8:34 PM
    Hello! I just want to report the problem I had with with using Moodle version 3.5.3 where some icons on the theme (Moove theme, but also boost disappeared after installing BigBlueButton. It happened on two of my Moodle sites. When I removed the BBB plugin, the icons appears again.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Sat, Feb 23, 2019, 9:03 PM
    For the icon disappearance issue, there is a patch that is coming in the next release. But you can apply it directly like this
  • Picture of Fact Somraj
    Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 12:04 PM
    good articale
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 6:53 PM
    Once the RecordingsBN plugin has the warning: "This plugin has been phased out ..." i think it's good idea change the AMOS modulename_help | bigbluebuttonbn:
    "... To view later recordings, add a RecordingsBN resource to this course."
    Thanks for the plugin. It's only a sugestion.
    I'm a PT-PT translator.
  • Picture of Debbie McKay
    Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 11:57 PM
    Awesome product. Missing one important feature we are presently using "Request control of a shared screen". I know BigBlueButton is pure HTM5, and that this feature would require a download of a binary to give a remote user control over the screen. Question: I don't have a lot of technical background so I am wondering if this is doable?
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 7:40 AM
    Hi Debbie, thanks for your feedback. Requesting remote control over a screen via BigBlueButton is not something that we're planning on implementing. It might be possible to write a downloadable plugin to achieve this, but it's not on our road map for the project.
  • Picture of zubair khan
    Mon, Jul 22, 2019, 2:09 PM
    I have a doubt, when creating the room with recordings or only the recording room, no recordings are saved.

    I enter the video conference I put record I finish the recording and I go out and the recordings are not shown.

    I hope and can help me work in moodle 3.5 with the test server.
  • Picture of Marwan Salem
    Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 6:37 PM
    Can we customize this plugin as below:
    1. send and receive images through chat?
    2. upload files by teachers then appears all files uploaded in bottom and thumbnail to the main screen

    if possible to do theses things?

    thanks for your help!
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 6:55 PM
    Hi Marwan,

    You can't send/receive notifications through chat as we don't have the API in place for it in BigBlueButton. For (2), I think we can make it a bit easier as we're working on extending the '+' button in the HTML5 client to show all upload slides, making it really easy to switch between them.
  • Picture of 管理员 刘
    Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 12:23 PM
    My moodle version is Moodle 3.7.1+ (Build: 20190725), mod_bigbluebuttonbn version is 2.3-rc2019042004, when adding activities in moodle prompt 404, how to troubleshoot? Thank you.
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 6:06 AM
    Hi 管理员 刘, is it possible you could open a ticket in the Bug Tracker (see Useful links above) and we'll help you there. Thanks!
  • Picture of ace li
    Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 9:34 AM
    Hi Fred, I just installed a BBB server on a Alibaba ECS (in China) and integrated it into Moodle by installing the BBB plugin from Moodle. Things look fine until I find that it gets stuck with "Connecting to echo test" toast when I enter BBB room from a Moodle activity link. I thought it to be an issue with port 8021, but it is enabled in fact, and this issue doesn't show when I test BBB room from the demo url generated right after BBB was installed. I'm quite confused, can you help? Thanks a lot.
  • Picture of Steffen Schulze
    Mon, Sep 2, 2019, 8:26 PM
    can users also start a recording ? and is this shown in here profile ?
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