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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.
Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5


This plugin is part of set Big Blue Button.

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 lectures for later playback, specifically the slides + audio + chat (see release notes).

The BigBlueButton project was started in 2007 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 install and use this module.

Note: 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 euqivalent 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.





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Fred Dixon (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Jesus Federico
Jesus Federico: Project Manager
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  • Picture of Radi Penchev
    Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 1:21 AM
    Error: Exception - String could not be parsed as XML in moodle 2.6
    how to fix it?
  • Floyd Saner - Tail of the Dragon, U.S. 129, NC
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 9:29 AM
    We installed a BBB server, version 0.81. We are running Moodle 2.5.3+ (20131224). We installed BBB/BN (2013110100) and RecordingsBN (20131101) plugins on Moodle.

    On our server and on the BBB test server, we can initiate a session. However, when recording is enabled for the session (the login message panel says recording is on), no recordings are listed in the RecordingsBN Resource page. This is the same for our server and the BBB test server.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Floyd
  • Picture of David Scotson
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014, 6:06 PM
    Is it possible to disable the recordings feature? Currently it seems like any user can choose to record. I'd like them not be offered this option.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014, 10:02 PM
    Hi David,

    Indeed, you can disable the recording feature by modifying the code in your deployment. Just comment third block in mod_form.php (line 76 to 87).

    The whole configuration of the meeting can be done by any user with granted privileges for editing content in the course. Normally teachers.

  • Picture of Johan Reinalda
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 12:24 AM
    The download (and Moodle notification) show there is a new version 2013110104 .
    Howver, your git repo (which we use), is still showing version 2013110103
    Are you no longer updating your github repo ?
    (same for recordingsbn module)
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 2:05 AM
    We do, but that was a "hot fix" only required for the packaging available in the moodle plugin database.

    There were a couple of shell files that needed to be removed and they were not in github repo because the .gitignore file

    The only inconvenient was that in order to upload a new package the version tag needs to be updated.

    I jave just updated the github repo anyways.

  • Picture of Rupert Martin
    Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 7:11 PM
    The bigbluebutton plugin was installed ok, but when I tried to load the activity I am getting this error: "Exception - String could not be parsed as XML". Also having a problem loading the the plugins.php file to get a list of plugins so I can uninstall the plugin and try again. Can someone help?
  • Picture of Hossein Taleghani
    Wed, May 21, 2014, 12:48 AM
    As you may know, moodle 2.7 stable released about a week ago. Do you have any plans for updating this module for moodle's latest version?
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Wed, May 21, 2014, 12:52 AM
    Hi Hossein,

    Yes we have. But we haven't started working on it, so please keep visiting this page. As soon as we have it, it is going to be released. You can count on it!

    Thanks for the interest.
  • Picture of Stacy Rempel
    Sat, May 24, 2014, 12:06 AM
    Thank you, Jesus. This is great news! Can't wait to hear about a 2.7 update for BigBlueButton!
  • Picture of Gordon Bateson
    Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 12:39 PM
    Hi Fred,
    thanks for all your marvellous work with BigBlueButton and the associated Moodle plugins. There's a small problem with "mod/bigblubuttonbn/version.php", which causes installation warnings on Moodle 2.6.

    CHANGE THIS: $plugin->component = 'moodle-mod_bigbluebuttonbn';
    TO THIS: $plugin->component = 'mod_bigbluebuttonbn';

  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 11:07 PM
    Hi Gordon,

    thanks for the heads up. I am actually working on an update for Moodle 2.7 and yesterday I uploaded a wrong package.

    The package was live for less than one hour and I was hoping that no one had used it to update. But it seems that you just did smile.

    I am testing right now, and depending of the plugin database the last version with support for 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 could be 1.0.10 and the one for Moodle 2.6, 2.7 and further would be 1.0.11. This is because the deprecated components since 2.6, but nothing sure yet. I am still testing.

    Jesus Federico
  • Picture of Gordon Bateson
    Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 8:27 AM
    Wow - fast response Jesus. Thanks ! There is a similar issue with "mod/recordingsbn/version.php", but probably you have realized that. all the best, Gordon
  • Picture of Siegfrid Ducharme
    Thu, Jul 10, 2014, 12:15 AM
    Watch out if you have the latest moodle 2.6.3+ with the latest BBB 1.0.11 it wont work there is a coding error somewhere the message was saying something about a method init(). (I'll try getting back the error message) The version 1.0.10 is working well with the version 2.6.3+ of moodle.

    The worst and more annoying, is that we can't uninstall the mod_bigbluebuttonbn via the plugin interface so we can't revert our installation with a working pluggin. I might try to erase it drectly passing by the database but this time I'll make a snapshot before.
  • Picture of Jesus Federico
    Thu, Jul 10, 2014, 1:01 AM
    Hi Siegfrid,

    Thanks for the heads up. There are major changes in the version 1.0.11 and it is still beta. Even though it was tested on 2.6 (2013111800) and 2.7 (2014051200), there may be some hidden issues that we appreciate people report.

    So, if you have a production environment, definitively wait until the maturity is at least RC.

    Thanks again
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