BigBlueButton HTML5 Client

This page contains information for users on how to use new HTML5 client for BigBlueButton.

Unlike the old Flash client, the new HTML5 client runs on desktop, laptop, chromebook, and mobile devices (iOS 12.2+ and Android 6.0+).  For desktop and laptop computers, we recommend using the latest version of Chrome or FireFox.  There is no app to install to use BigBlueButton: when you click a link in a web application to join a BigBlueButton session, the BigBlueButton HTML5 client opens in your browser.

For mobile devices, we recommend using the Chrome browser on Android and the Safari Mobile browser on iOS devices.  These are the default browsers on both mobile platforms.

You’ll also find the HTML5 client loads faster, is easier to use (than the previous client), and provides more ways for you to engage students (such as sharing YouTube videos).

If you want to try out the client anytime, you can create your own personal room at  

Viewer overview (student)

Watch this video if you are going to use BigBlueButton.  If you are teaching with BigBlueButton, also watch the video to the right.

Moderators/presenter overview (instructor)

Watch this video if you are going to present or teach with BigBlueButton.


Pan and Zoom

A look at the support for Pan and Zoom in the HTML5 client.

Shared Notes

Collaborating with your peers on a single set of notes for the session.

Shared YouTube Video

Presenters can share YouTube video’s and synchronized playback to all users. 

Live Closed Captions

A stenographer can now enter live captions.  The product supports live captions in multiple languages.