Discourse Zoom

Apologies for the delay, David.

There is a setting that can probably help you here:

If you set this to 30, then the button will show up 30 minutes before the scheduled time of the webinar.

You should be able to use this with the setting above too. Last I checked, the Zoom webhooks don’t fire when the practice session turns into a full event, so that makes the other dynamic a little tricky.


Thanks Penar, but that’s not quite the issue.

First off, my Join now button is no longer working at all:

In the past it was working, but this started in the past couple weeks. I also don’t see the fallback link showing up either.

Then, a separate problem which I was describing before was the practice mode issue. When I did have the previously mentioned issue, it worked like this: when I start the webinar in practice mode the join button does not come on, no matter what zoom join x mins before start is set to, it would only show up when I actually start broadcasting, which I like to do only 5 mins prior to the start. Ideally the Join button would come on whenever the setting is set to, then they would get the zoom notification that the webinar hasn’t started yet.

Do you think you could give an option to just switch the register button to join at the set time and it would just be the zoom link? Not a fallback, but a forced link to bypass this altogether. Thanks again Penar!

Are you on the latest version of the plugin? Zoom blocked SDKs prior to 1.7.5 so you need to be at least on this commit or later.

Yes, that sounds like a very reasonable thing to include in the plugin, I’ll see if I can add this soon.

Thanks Penar, yes I was on latest at the time 3d4baad, I’m upgrading to the very latest now, but those changes don’t appear to be relevant. I would very much appreciate the zoom link option!

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@davidkingham I have just posted a few fixes to the Zoom plugin:

  • there was a bug with webhook events when a webinar starts, that is now fixed, so the “Join Now” button should now correctly reflect the state of the event (with our without the zoom join x mins before start setting)
  • I added a setting to use the Zoom join link instead of the SDK, it is called zoom use join url (default disabled)
  • a recent update in Zoom broke the SDK (again), so I have updated the signature generation, and that should work too now
  • added support for webinars with passwords

Hope this works well now for you and I hope Zoom doesn’t change their SDK abruptly anytime soon. Thanks for your feedback and let me know how it goes for you.


Hi. Basic question: The plugin is called “Zoom Webinars”. I am looking for a way for users to host zoom calls on my forum–standard zoom meetings where all participants can see each other (instead of “webinars”, which are, AFAIK, not interactive visually between the host and the audience–they are more like live streams). Is this plugin useable for that purpose?


Currently the plugin only supports webinars, it does not support regular Zoom meetings.


Any plans to extend to support regular Zoom calls? In my experience that’s the more common use case and it could be quite useful to have a similar thing to the Jitsi integration for simple Zoom events, even if it’s basically just adding a link to launch a specific event.

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Unfortunately, no, there are no plans to support regular Zoom meetings at this point. Zoom’s API has separate endpoints for meetings and webinars, which means that we can’t quickly add support for meetings.


Ah I see, thanks for clarifying!

Been testing the Jitsi theme component and works quite nicely, I could see an equivalent for Zoom (simple “join meeting”) being useful where you can’t create meetings but basically just a shortcut widget to make a button to join an existing meeting.

Though maybe at that point doesn’t add enough vs just a simple link. I guess one thing would be when adding, if you could select from an account’s existing meetings…

From what I can tell, this plugin helps you coordinate a zoom webinar with Discourse–allowing you to schedule the webinar and coordinate participants for the webinar from within Discourse. It does not allow you to have the zoom webinar take place within your Discourse page (for example, it does not enable you to have the video appear within a Discourse topic).

Is that correct?

When the Zoom webinar starts, users will see a Join Now button in the event page on Discourse, and when they press that button the event will start inside the browser window, taking up the full window. So, the video will not appear inside the Discourse topic, but it will appear inside the browser. (And when they leave the video, they will get taken back to the Discourse topic they were in.)


Hi all,

I followed the instructions but I struggle to understand what to put in the webinar config:
I can create the webinar but when I try, from the client, to
I got

any clue?

Does the Zoom JWT need to be set up by a paid account that has access to webinars?

Yes, the Zoom JWT needs to be on an account that has access to the webinars you are creating.

Hi can you tell me how the zoom plugin envisages delegates on a webinar can use chat or raise questions. We’d ideally like all of that captured in discourse.

Chat or raise questions all happen in the Zoom webinar, the Discourse plugin doesn’t interact with them at all. (You could however disable those features in the Zoom call and instruct participants to send questions in the Discourse topic, if you so wish.)


@pmusaraj are there any plans to integrate this with the Discourse Event plugin?

The feature we need is to be able to:

  1. Create a Zoom webinar when an event is created (this needs to be enabled when creating the event)
  2. When the User RSVPs, add them to the Zoom webinar via API

Currently we have no plans to integrate this with the event plugin. PR welcome, though.


Cool, possibly we will implement this in our own extensions plugin and then figure out a way to create a PR on the official plugins