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BigBlueButton

Open source web conferencing system for online learning

4.02/5 (42 reviews)

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Access Controls/Permissions
Agenda Management
Alerts/Notifications
Annotations
Attendance Tracking
Attendee Management
Audio Capture
Brand Management
Breakout Rooms
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Call Recording
Chat/Messaging
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Conferencing
Contact Management
Content Management
Electronic Hand Raising
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File Sharing
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Meeting Management
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BigBlueButton Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about BigBlueButton's features:

Lillian M.

Road to greatness

2020-08-28

The overall experience has been amazing ;it’s easy use makes it quicker to access through mobile or computer.

Pros

The option of listen only or join in with a call is definitely impactful as it allows you to choose which platform is convenient to you at the time .

Cons

The limited screen for presentation. The chat icon should be optional because it occupies quite a chunk of the screen.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Matt G.

I had a lot of issues using it

2018-12-26

I always had issues getting everyone able to see me as the presenter while being able to view attached documents and interact with one another. My UI was really clean which I liked, but the overall experience was clunky so we moved to a different software ultimately.

Pros

The client side experience was pretty clean.

Cons

There seemed to be a lot of issue with multiple people and media types on a conference call. 3 viewers, a camera for a presenter, a recording pc, and a separare handout presentation.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
Source: Capterra
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ABHIMANYU P.

Cost effective tutoring software

2020-09-19

Completely satisfied with this product. Because it's an open source. So I made changes as I want.

Pros

The best open source software for video conferencing.

Cons

Very often reporting the same issue by different team members.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Kourtney A.

Easy to Use

2020-04-03

Overall, I will continue to use this software, and am very happy with it so far.

Pros

Bigbluebutton is easy to use when speaking with a class - easy to use the chat feature on the left and you can even record the sessions.

Cons

I couldn't figure out how to start my video for the video chat with my students, but I am sure I can watch a tutorial to figure it out.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Juan Carlos G.

The slft provided video conference

2021-02-19

It was all nice until we deployed a solution for million of people. The recording started to fail and some times the conferences got wrong.

Pros

Its open source, and you modify whatever you want on it There is tutorials about how to setup it Can record video conferences Can host several conferences Several tools on the interface Can hanfle groups

Cons

Not much customizable with out having issues with the setup. Recording of comnferences sometimes fails randomly.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Faiyaz T.

A free Conferencing system with a lot of features!

2021-09-08

I had a great conference everytime I used Bigbluebutton.

Pros

And a lot of features and functionality it provides like hand raising, file sharing, whiteboard, polls, presentation tools, presentation streaming, screensharing, recording and more.

Cons

It's only available in Linux and Windows. Mobile and mac users can't use it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, 1001-5000 employees)

Simple Webconferencing software, but lacking in big name features

2020-06-18

Overall works well, but would prefer other competitors such as Zoom or Google Meets.

Pros

Private chat works very well, and is intuitive to use.

Cons

"Hot" features right now such as virtual backgrounds and full screen tile view is not up to par with competitors, and there are small annoyances such as keyboard shortcuts not working on MACs and the need to do an "echo test" every time I enter a new conference which takes several seconds off my precious time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Sri R.

A user Friendly Platform for Live Classes

2021-07-25

Pros

As an instructor, we are also given many authorities in managing students accesses during live classes. BBB also provides many facilities to maintain or strengthen student's engagement such as polling, multi-user whiteboarding, live chatting, and emojis.

Cons

Actually, I like BBB as it is simple to use and it offers us many useful features for live classes.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(E-Learning company, 1-10 employees)

Unstable product

2020-05-23

I do not recommend it at all, they have to type on it it's a beta project.

Pros

Join from the browser no need to download any app.

Cons

1- you can not host more than 100 participants. 2- If 100 participants or lower, keep typing on chat continuously the meeting will lagging so much. 3- Using node js single thread (disaster) 4- Some IOS users won't hear anything if they join in a listen-only mode. 5- Core developers maybe take more that one year to add/fix a single feature. 6- Delay audio and video on recording if you use screen share (in some cases). 7- Very bad UX. 8- Download mp4 not supported you have to use third party fork. 9- No immediate support only ( google community) be ready to ignore your questions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Lady Margrett C.

Bigbluebutton knows what an educator needs.

2020-09-11

I have tried using all the different types of platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams), nothing compares to the ease of use with BigBlueButton. It's just sad that most people don't know about it or are afraid to use it.

Pros

It could even be accessed in both iOS and Android mobile phones and devices.

Cons

Break-out room is limited to 10 groups only.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Emily G.

I wish it worked

2020-03-24

wish it worked.

Pros

I am teaching a class that had to move to online (COVID-19)- I wanted a way to video conference with my students. since it is already a feature on Canvas- I hoped to use it since then they would not have to download/sign up for new programs and software.

Cons

the recordings changed the orientation of my slide images making all the notes I took on them useless and confusing.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael T.

Videoconferencing made easy

2018-04-24

When I am presenting something to a group of newcomers and I want to stress or emphasize a particular item, BigBlueButton makes it easy.

Pros

My favorite feature of BigBlueButton is the whiteboard feature because I can highlight things I want to emphasize.

Cons

This has cause me to move BBB from my main to my back up conferencing software, only being used when I need one of the features that only it provides.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Sergio O.

All schools and universities should be using it!

2020-06-26

Pros

You have shared board, real-time survey and more.

Cons

The servers are a bit expensive if you want to run it 24/7. The shared board could have option to just let one student write on it. Also, the teacher should have the option to mute the alumni.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Maja G.

Very satisfied with BigBlueButton

2021-08-10

I'm going to recommend everyone I know BigBlueButton because it was really easy to use and I had only a good experience with it.

Pros

Whiteboard is the option that is often used in other software but this one didn't have any interruptions and everything during the class was in real-time.

Cons

Customer support was really hard to get, but I think this is due to the situation in the world that everyone is going on online courses.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Cathy D.

Constant bugs and difficulties

2019-06-08

It's user friendly but most of the time doesn't work right.

Pros

You can record and store the recordings online

Cons

Unending problems with recognizing participants' cameras and microphones.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Islam K.

good software ... but!

2020-10-26

overall bbb is good software to manage video conference if develop process continue as it is maybe in 3 years we will have golden product

Pros

bbb is very easy to set , implement and lunch and has very simple view help anyone to manage it , beside it is large community and devloping proccess

Cons

i think the position of developing cycle is wrong i mean bbb need more develop for customer and end user who is not technical i mean for all our teacher how hard it was to manage and customize and that is first; second bbb has weak error view system for example sometimes internet connection is too bad for sharing and bbb loading for ever it will be greate to show error msg "hi your connection is bad" that so simple but i think end user ( no technical user ) is not calculated here.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Laron H.

Makes videoconferencing easy

2018-02-20

Facilitates online video meetings.

Pros

It has all the features I need for a online video meeting.

Cons

No con really, as it does its job well. The only I drawback I can mention is that it operates in a space where there are a lot of tools of the same nature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 501-1000 employees)

Free Virtual classroom and Video conferencing

2021-07-31

When only the presenter sharing his video this is running very smoothly.

Pros

+Installation is easy +Clarity of video and audio is very high +Presentations can be uploaded and can present online instead of sharing presenter's screen. +Customizable +Can be integrated with major LMS like Moodle, Jenzabar etc

Cons

+ Resource hungry when multiple users using camera/video + Not all OS/platforms are supported. + Lack of community support.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(E-Learning company, 1-10 employees)

Very Useful Free Software

2019-05-16

Overall it's really helpful. And I can't complain more as it's free to use.

Pros

The best thing I like about BigBlueButton - It has a recording option that allows you to record the meeting and is available for viewing for 7 days.

Cons

I am not sure if it has a Playlist option because I have to upload my presentation file every start of the session so It's kinda waste of time.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Peter M.

Good free webinar tool for our external clients

2018-03-21

Pros

Great free alternative for doing live seminars and presentations.

Cons

The interface does look a little outdated.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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francesca w.

Big Blue Button : Communicate with picture and sound

2018-12-12

Pros

You can also use it for conferences.

Cons

Sometimes issues accur and you have to log out and log in again.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Ethan L.

It Worked

2020-04-28

Teachers were able to get everybody in a session, they could share documents or videos or songs, and they could record sessions.

Pros

I think one of the best features of BigBlueButton was the screen share feature. Teachers could bring documents up seamlessly while talking about a subject.

Cons

But that was good for students and teachers because their video conferencing software was right at their fingertips.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Amit G.

Reliable meeting and online teaching tool

2020-03-30

My overall experience was with bigbluebutton is good only faced issue in greenlight. I would like to have its Android version also. Currently we can use in browser(mozilla or chrome)

Pros

The presenter, viewer part, integration of audio bridge, screen sharing, file presentation, polls etc are nice features.

Cons

The application required higher bandwidth for video audio/ video and screen sharing streams which makes it hefty on resources side.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Heather Z.

Big blue button is not the best

2020-09-29

I would say My overall experience with big blue button this poor. like I mentioned, we have to use it daily because there is no other option with my son's distance learning but I would choose another product in a heartbeat if it were an option..

Pros

I would definitely prefer zoom or another video conferencing app.

Cons

I would definitely prefer zoom or another video conferencing app.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Efficient conferencing tool

2018-05-07

It is free to host online conference meeting.

Pros

I find it to be very efficient and easy to use.

Cons

I can't really say that i have a con. My experience with using BigBlueButton has been smooth thus far.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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