102 Questions on BigBlueButton: The Definitive Guide (2021)

This is a complete guide to BigBlueButton.
BigBlueButton is the best open-source video conferencing software for online learning. It implements the core web conferencing features you would expect in a commercial system.
In this guide you will learn everything that is there to know about this popular video conferencing tool for online teaching including:

  1. Should I use BigBlueButton
  2. How to install BigBlueButton
  3. How to use BigBlueButton
  4. Troubleshooting
  5. Integrations
  6. BigBlueButton vs Zoom

BigBlueButton Security

BigBlueButton is one of the most popular open-source software solutions for taking online classes and a good alternative to Zoom with respect to privacy. BigBlueButton encrypts all content that is sent between your browser and the website server. BigBlueButton always...

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BigBlueButton secure recording

BigBlueButton records all the events of BigBlueButton classes for later playback. In a session with recording enabled, BigBlueButton will save the slideschat and audiodesktop sharing (deskshare)whiteboard eventsshared notes and poll resultscaptionswebcams To secure...

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How to Set BigBlueButton Theme

You can change theme color, set wall-paper and show your logo in a BigBlueButton live session. You can also many aspects of live classes including allowing moderator to unmute users or allow users to send private message.

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BigBlueButton 2.5: More Stable and Better Performance

BigBlueButton is known for 15-minute straight forward installation. Installation becomes still easier with the upcoming version 2.5 of BigBlueButton. BigBlueButton 2.5 has better packaging and configuration, resulting in much easier installation and very few...

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BigBlueButton vs Zoom: 40% lower costs + more features

The primary purpose of Zoom is online meetings, whereas the primary purpose of BigBlueButton is online teaching. Hence BigBlueButton focuses on providing features for student engagement during the class and analytics from the classes to assess and evaluate students....

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How to customize BigBlueButton header?

Do you want to customize your BigBlueButton HTML5 client without breaking anything? Do you want to add custom integrations like Google Analytics? Do you want to integrated hotjar? Here is a quick way to add custom javascript code to HTML5 client head. Create a new...

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Ask for feedback after a BigBlueButton session

Do you care whether your students liked your online class? Was it useful? Fun? Here is a quick way to ask for users’ feedback at the end of the class.   To enable the user feedback and make it available for later reference, execute the following script:...

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How to disable audio alerts in BigBlueButton?

If you are a regular BigBlueButton administrator, you have received user complaints about audio alerts.  When a user in a session mutes himself, the audio alerts goes: You are muted now. Similarly, when a user unmutes to start speaking, the audio alerts goes: You...

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Change text in BigBlueButton Guest Page

You might have noticed that your students see the standard message – BigBlueButton – Guest Lobby – while waiting on the guest page for the online session to start. Do you want to customize it? Read on.

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How to update Greenlight landing page

Here is a step-by-step process to customize Greenlight, starting from text and images on the landing page to signup page and adding additional tabs in the user account for new features.

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Is BigBlueButton Free | Costs and hosting options

BigBlueButton is Open-source BigBlueButton is an open-source project. So you can download and install BigBlueButton on your server for free of cost. BigBlueButton supports real-time sharing of audio, video, slides (with whiteboard controls), chat, and the screen....

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How to customize BigBlueButton recordings?

Do you want to show your logo in the BigBlueButton recording playback instead of the default BigBlueButton logo? Here is a simple way to achieve it. Put your logo on your BigBlueButton server. You can use SFTP to transfer the logo.Go to...

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Migrating safely to BigBlueButton 2.4

You must have heard about the latest release of BigBlueButton 2.4. Sharing our process to safely migrate our BBB servers running 2.2.x or 2.3.x to 2.4. 1. Take Backup # Note down your BBB secret so that you can set the same secret after upgrading to the 2.4 version...

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Log4j in BigBlueButton

Background Log4J Zero day was announced on Fri, Dec 10, as the highest (10.0 CVSS) critical Log4j vulnerability was discovered. The Log4Shell vulnerability was exploited by attackers worldwide, allowing malicious strings to be logged.Apache Log4j is an open-source...

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BigBlueButton: Call timed out error 1006

Problem Recently lots of BigBlueButton administrators have reported Call Timed Out 1006 errors while using BigBlueButton, especially on a Chrome Browser.  If you use the latest version of (96.0.4664.93) to join a BigBlueButton session, then while checking the...

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Six more Reasons to love BigBlueButton!

Today we ran a trial of BigBlueButton 2.4 [alpha 2] and we would love to share our first impression! While you can read the release note, the following are the top six features that we believe will help you conduct better online classes on BigBlueButton: 1) Real-time...

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