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 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

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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  • Picture of Ann Dunn
    Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 6:21 PM
    I am struggling to get bigbluebutton on to my site, I have watched the video however I don't know where to find it. When I go in to plugins I don't get install I only get overview could someone please advise. Many thanks Ann
  • Picture of Tobias Fritz
    Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 6:58 PM
    It seems that the setting that students have to wait for the moderator does not work with the Android Moodle App. Even when a moderator is present, the app still shows that students have to wait for a moderator to arrive. Is this something that can be worked around or does it just mean that we can't use this option if students use the app?
  • Picture of Emil Stoyanov
    Fri, Apr 10, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Hi guys, I have a Moodle instances behind PFSense firewall (pretty common setup) and BBB sessions recordings made on them are not shown although present on the BBB server. For Moodle instances that are not behind firewall recordings on the same BBB server are displayed just fine. So there must be a call from the BBB server to Moodle instance which is not correctly directed trough the firewall and recordings not saved to the BBB module table in the database and not displayed on the BBB Activity pages. I even tried to capture TCP/UDP traffic on the firewall between BBB server and FW external IP address but I am not able to resolve this issue so far. Does someone have some incentive whether this could be solved somehow? Thanks in advance!
  • Picture of Vlagyimir Iljics
    Fri, Apr 17, 2020, 7:23 PM
    Dear developers, a moodle and a bbb plugin have been installed on a vps for a primary school. The moodle part works perfectly, there are no interruptions. Teachers keep a video lesson for a small number (<20 students) a day using BBB, but we often get an error message like this:

    bigbluebuttonbn/You have exceeded the max number of concurrent meetings.

    What could be the problem?
    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 1:15 AM
    buenas tengo una consulta, los video se guardan y todo funciona a la perfeccion pero quisiera saber si hay alguna manera de descargar los videos grabados ?
    si alguien me tiene alguna solucion les agradeceria infinitamente
  • Picture of Lina Sao
    Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 6:50 AM
    We want bbb to be like on your video, but ours is different. Could you tell tell us please, what do we need to do:
    customized design somewhere in the settings?
    upgrade bbb version?
    integrate greenlight instead of bbb?
    Thank you for the answer in advance!
  • Picture of María Jesus Guzman
    Sat, May 2, 2020, 12:43 AM
    Hi, im using moodle 3.8 and i cant getback season recorded. In the past i used pluging Recordingbn but its not available now. I will appreciate your comments,
  • Picture of IEC PUEBLA
    Tue, May 5, 2020, 11:23 PM
    PLEASE ANYBODY HELP ME..... I have this problem with my Bigbluebutton

    bigbluebuttonbn/You have exceeded the max number of concurrent meetings.

    Más información sobre este error
  • Picture of Alexandre DOMANICO
    Tue, May 5, 2020, 11:23 PM
    Hello ! I'm using Moodle 3.8 and I have installed the lastest BBB plugin but whenever I try to use it, this message is showing "This Moodle server is making use of the BigBlueButton testing server that comes pre-configured by default. It should be replaced for production." It should be replaced by what ? and when i try to enter a session this message is showing "bigbluebuttonbn/You have exceeded the max number of concurrent meetings." Yet, it's the only one on going...
    Could you help ?
    Thanks !!
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Mon, May 11, 2020, 2:48 PM
    Good morning, I am using BBB 2.3.3 on Moodle 3.6.6 - Within the admin settings for the BBB plugin, the option for 'Send notifications is enabled' it ticked, however when I am in a BBB activity within a course, the notifications options isn't ticked, and even if I tick it and save, if I come back into the editing settings it has unticked itself. And users are not getting the desired notifications. Am I doing something wrong or missing something, or is this a bug?
  • Picture of Giuseppe Pea
    Thu, May 14, 2020, 8:54 PM
    Stesso problema "bigbluebuttonbn/You have exceeded the max number of concurrent meetings."
    Qualche soluzione?
    Same problem "bigbluebuttonbn/You have exceeded the max number of concurrent meetings."
    Any solution?
  • Picture of Training Language Market
    Sat, May 23, 2020, 7:19 AM
    Hi there! I'd like to know how many sessions can be created at the same time?
  • Picture of Amina Amina
    Tue, May 26, 2020, 7:40 PM
    How can we check the working hour of a student? Like how many hours a student worked?
  • Picture of Blessed Adera
    Thu, May 28, 2020, 9:29 PM
    Hi, thank you for this good resource for teaching. Tried to get help from the BBB google forum but my request to join group was denied. I hope to get assistance here.
    As our viewer numbers increase from 5 upwards, we run into problems with video sharing. The video camera error reads "Error 1020: media could not reach the server"
    BBB is installed in a VM on Google cloud server. I followed the instructions provided. Just to add that a STUN server is added to the Kurento configuration.
    Thanks in advance
  • Picture of Fred Dixon
    Sat, May 30, 2020, 10:08 AM
    You need to answer the challenge question when joining the forums; otherwise, we can't tell your request apart from a SPAM bot and need to deny it.
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