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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Moodle 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9

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, 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, Moodle Workplace.


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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
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Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of hemza yousfi
    Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 5:01 PM
    hi, after i upgrate moodle to frrom 3.2.3 to 3.9 i have this mesage, Unable to connect. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running., is there any suggestion for the solution
  • Picture of hemza yousfi
    Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 5:01 PM
    hi, after i upgrate moodle to frrom 3.2.3 to 3.9 i have this mesage, Unable to connect. Please check the url of the BigBlueButton server AND check to see if the BigBlueButton server is running., is there any suggestion for the solution
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  • Picture of Fernanda R.
    Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 11:59 PM
    Is there a way that the recorded videos go to Google Drive instead of my Moodle data repository?
  • Picture of Fernanda R.
    Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 10:17 PM
    Hi, I have some questions: Is it free? Is it secure? Does it let Moodle slow? Thanks a lot!
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Sat, Aug 1, 2020, 5:32 AM

    After upgrading to BBB "2.2.21" all recordings within a course are gone!

    But I can see them on the BBB server.

  • Picture of baraa abd el-hady
    Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 2:21 AM
    please i need to know what are the limitations to use this free service
    if i use it with my school in separate sessions every one not more than 20 user will it work fine with me as using free service ?
  • Picture of ISL Aula Digital
    Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 3:32 PM
    Dear Jesus and BBB Team,
    Is there an approximate roadmap for the next release of this plugin (version 2.4)?
    Many thanks in advance and congrats for the great work!
  • Picture of Roberto Caeiro
    Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 8:56 PM
    Hi, I have integrated a server BBB in moodle. It is not workng well the sessions are recording in server, but they are not showing in our Moodle. How could I for watching this recordings?
  • Picture of Thurein Win
    Thu, Sep 3, 2020, 10:39 AM

    I'm using bigbluebutton plugin in my Moodle Cloud. I give my course lectures via bigbluebutton with recording enabled. I'm using Moodle version 3.9.1.

    I have two problems.

    1. The students complained of being stuck at loading when they try to assess lecture recording via iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) whether they use Safari or Chrome or Firefox browser. When I searched in this group, I found the solution with server setting using .webm and .mp4. But I don't know how to make changes from Moodle app. Please help me.

    2. When recording playback videos are downloaded in my Windows laptop, the video includes no screen writings at all though it includes sounds.

    How can I solve these 2 problems please? Thank you very much.
  • Picture of mohamed salman
    Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 8:53 PM
    I want to paginate classroom records table because it very load our website and not find any query in all functions such as bigbluebuttonbn_get_recording_table, bigbluebuttonbn_view_render_recordings
  • Picture of Fady Zarif
    Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 3:53 PM
    what is the maximum limit of a student in the session ?
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 12:32 AM

    After the last BBB update (v2.26) I think the plugin is broken.

    "Authentication failed due to missing credentials. 401"

    I can access my BBB server vi "Api Mate", but not via Moodle.

    Before "BBB v2.26" I was using "BBB v2.23" and it was just fine.

  • Picture of Lionel POUJET
    Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 10:24 AM
    Thanks a lot for this great and useful plugin !
    I'm looking where I can push one idea to improve it . The daily missing feature I have is : linking the Moodle Course's Groups with the Breaking Out Rooms groups. Able to link them automatically would be awesome !
    Best regards,
  • Picture of Aaron H
    Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 3:39 AM
    Not even sure if it is possible or not, but is there a way to have bbb open inside moodle (not open a 2nd tab/window)?
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