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BigBlueButton

BigBlueButton enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Online
  • Android
  • Chrome OS
  • Self-Hosted
  • Google Chrome
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Chromium
  • Firefox
Avg rating of 4.6 (7)| 7 comments

What is BigBlueButton?

BigBlueButton enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.

Our vision is that starting a web conference should be as easy as clicking a single metaphorical big blue button. As an open source project, we believe it should be easy for others to embrace and extend. And while web conferencing means many things to many people -- our focus is to make the best web conferencing system for distance education.

BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents. Moreover, users may enter the conference in one of two roles: viewer or moderator.

As a viewer, a user may join the voice conference, share their webcam, raise their hand, and chat with others. As a moderator, a user may mute/unmute others, eject any user from the session, and make any user the current presenter. The presenter may upload slides and control the presentation.

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Integrated VoIP
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Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  7,847 Stars
  •  5,830 Forks
  •  746 Open Issues
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Our users have written 7 comments and reviews about BigBlueButton, and it has gotten 76 likes

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espinozahg
  
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Professional grade application. Runs in Windows, Linux, Firefox, Chromium, Chrome

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vincib
  
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I like its stability, the very useful features provided for e-learning or product demonstration.

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hasanyildiz
  
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Very good is job. Free group chat and open source.

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Schnatt_App
  
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Works mostly fine, best free tool and very good Zoom Alternative (Some PC / Laptop Mics still have problems, it is thesame with JItsi)

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utkuberber
  
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Open source, privacy friendly solution. Not need to install on computer. Screen sharing work fluently.

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grinapo
  
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Pros

  • Open source and free forever.
  • Works well.
  • Can be self-hosted.
  • Able to reliably support dozens of participants.
  • Voice relies on Freeswitch, which is a proven reliable SIP server. Voice is stable even if video streams have problems.
  • Can be used by SIP clients to connect voice only.
  • Can be used with or without registration.
  • Can handle multiple moderators, silence or kick people, control screen sharing and whiteboard.

Cons

  • Relies on a pretty outdated version of operating system
  • Cannot control/change video resolution on-the-fly, which may result larger bandwidth use
  • No native mobile app, but the responsive web client works well on mobile, too.
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Guest
  
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Great feature set, like Zoom, but open source, and performs much better than Jitsi

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Tags

  • Group Chat
  • Poll Maker
  • Web Conferencing
  • Chat
  • Online Education
  • software-for-teachers
  • lms-integration
  • share-presentation
  • conference

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