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New in 4.4: Web notificiations are enabled by default for all users in new installations of Moodle LMS.

  • Notifications alert teachers, students and other users about events in Moodle such as new forum posts, assignments needing grading or badges awarded.
  • New notifications are highlighted with a number in the notifications menu at the top of the screen:

Clicking there displays any new notifications, along with the option to mark all as read (1 below), to go to the notifications preferences page (2) to change how notifications are received, and (3) to view all notifications.


Clicking 'View full notification' displays the notification in a full list, whereas clicking the main body of the notification will take you to the location in Moodle that the event happened, as in this example, to the assignment grading screen.

Receiving notifications

  • Along with a visible alert to new events in the notifications menu, users can configure how they are notified of new events from their notification preferences page accessed from the user menu or from the gear icon in the notifications menu.
  • Notifications may be sent via the web (when logged in to Moodle), email and mobile (for Moodle Mobile-enabled sites).
  • Web offline options are for setting whether a user is notified when they next log in to Moodle.


Admin settings

Administrators can set the defaults from Site administration > General > Messaging > Notification settings

There are three default types of notification plugins: web, email and mobile.

By default, web and email are both enabled, although email will only work of course if the site has been properly configured to deliver email. Mobile notifications are off by default and need to be configured first.


Mobile notifications


The administrator can configure the site to push messages to mobile devices. Moodle pushes messages to a messaging server, which then pushes it to Apple or Google depending on the platform the target device is using (iOS or Android).

Registered sites can make use of the default messaging server which is maintained by To connect to this, click 'Request access key' and then add it to the Airnotifier access key field.

Alternatively, you may install your own private Air notifier server and use that instead. See for details.

Default notification preferences

You can specify the default notification preferences for each type of message in Site administration / Messaging / Notification settings.

You can also set to what degree each type of message is enabled, and whether users are able to change these default settings in their profiles:

  • Enabled - Users are permitted or allowed to change the settings. When the user account is created, the new user will inherit the settings the administrator sets here, but will be allowed to change them afterwards in their Messaging settings. Messages will be delivered as the user sets them on their own Messaging settings page.
  • Locked - Users are not permitted or allowed to change these settings. When the user account is created, the new user will inherit the settings the administrator sets here and will never be allowed to change them. Messages will be delivered for all users as you set them on this page.

Ordering of messaging settings

Because users might have many different messaging options, they are ordered into different components - for example, activities, system, enrolments etc.

Part of the Notification preferences screen for a teacher

List of notification types

Module Output Name Description Recipients
Assignment Assignment notifications You have/Student has submitted an assignment and Student has received a grade/feedback Student, Teacher
Feedback Feedback notifications Notices from setting Enable notification of submissions in Feedback settings Teacher, Feedback administrator
Feedback Feedback reminder Feedback non-respondent reminder message Student feedback activity non-responders
Forum Subscribed forum posts Default for forum subscription handling Anyone subscribed to a forum
Forum Subscribed forum digests A digest of forum subjects or subjects and posts if enabled in User - Forum Preferences, Set default for this in User default preferences Authenticated users
Lesson Lesson essay graded notification Notify students a teacher has graded a Lesson essay question Student
Quiz Notification of your student's quiz submissions Message that student has submitted a quiz Teacher
Quiz Confirmation of your own quiz submissions Notice to student that your quiz was successfully submitted Student
Quiz Warning when your quiz attempt becomes overdue See Quiz settings Student
Quiz Notification that your attempt has been graded Message that a teacher has posted feedback on an Quiz activity Student
System Notices about minor problems ? Site administrators
System Important errors with the site Important errors - See also Debugging Site administrators
System Available update notifications Notice of new releases of Moodle code Site administrators
System Personal messages between users Using the Messaging interface tool Authenticated Users
System Backup notifications Automated backup schedule run completed Site administrators
System Course creation request notification Notice a course has been requested - See Course request Defined in Site admin > Courses > Course request > Course request notification
System Course creation request approval notification Notice a requested course has been approved User who requested the course
System Course creation request rejection notification Notice a requested course has been rejected User who requested the course
System Badge recipient notifications Notify recipient of a badge when it is awarded to them Any badge recipient (typically Student role)
System Badge creator notifications Notify creator of a badge when it is awarded to someone Any badge creator (typically Teacher or Manager role)
System Comment posted on a learning plan ? ?
System Comment posted on a competency ? ?
System Insights generated by prediction models Notice of users that meet the Analytics criteria, see Managing Analytics Teacher
System Message contact requests notification Notifies users when a non-contact user attempts to send them a message Authenticated users
System Asynchronous backup/restore notifications Notifies users when a backup/restore is completed message, see Course backup Authenticated users
System Grade notifications Message that a teacher has posted feedback on an assignment Student
System Course completed Automatic notification (congratulations note) about completing the course - sent to the student after all the course completion criteria have been achieved Student
System Antivirus failure notifications. Warning message for Site Admin, see Antivirus plugins Site Administrator
System New login notifications Warns a user if there was a failed login attempt with their username Authenticated Users
System Course content changes Message that alerts students that a course activity was updated - activity title only, does not provide details about what has change) Student
System Custom report builder schedules Notification of Report subscriptions, see Custom reports usually Teacher or Manager
System Welcome message for new course enrolments Sends course welcome message to users added by manual or self enrolment Student
Manual enrollments Manual enrolment expiry notifications Notice if Manual enrolment is about to expire Manual enrolees
Self enrollments Self enrolment expiry notifications Notify users when if Self enrolment is about to expire Enroller only, or Enroller & Enrolled user
Data privacy Data request Message that data review has been requested, see Data privacy Privacy Officer
Data privacy Data request processing results Message that data review has been received and is processing, see Data privacy Authenticated User
Data privacy Data requests exceptions notifications ? ?
Inbound message configuration Message to confirm that an inbound message came from you See Incoming mail configuration Authenticated Users
Inbound message configuration Warning when an inbound message could not be processed See Incoming mail configuration Authenticated Users
Inbound message configuration Confirmation that a message was successfully processed See Incoming mail configuration Authenticated Users
Event monitoring Notification of rule subscriptions Notifications from Event monitoring rules Event rule subscribers

How to disable the 'New sign in to your account' notification

Access Notification settings from the cog icon inside the Notifications icon at the top of your screen to the left of your profile. Disable the setting 'New login notifications'. (Note the admin can do this for the site from Site administration > Messaging > Notification settings.) NOTE: disabling this as admin also prevents login information from being sent automatically to new users authorized via external database.

Roles and Messaging capabilities

The following capabilities can be applied as permissions to make custom changes to roles affecting messaging.


All email messages and notifications go to the email address set in a user's profile. The administrator can optionally allow users to choose to have notifications sent to a different email address. This is off by default and can be enabled in Site administration > Messaging settings.

Users can then enter their alternative email address under Preferences/User account/Notification preferences: Click on the gear icon next to "Email" in the table header and enter the alternative email.

Note: The 'messagingallowemailoverride' setting does not affect failed log in notifications as they do not go through the messaging system, and will therefore still go to the original email specified.