# How to allow multiple versions of Minecraft on your server

Would you like for your players to join your 1.8 server with 1.12? You are in the right place!

There are different plugins that allow your players to join your server from multiple versions of Minecraft. If you don't know how to install plugins, refer to this guide.

In order to allow more recent Minecraft versions to join your server, you need to install the plugin `ViaVersion`

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If you would like to add backward compatibility to your server (all the way back to 1.9) then you need to use a plugin called `ViaBackwards`

which **requires** `ViaVersion`

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This allows all versions of Minecraft from 1.9.x to 1.13.x to join your server, although it can be buggy sometimes. Luckily the developers are constantly improving it.

If you would like to add backward compatibility all the way back to 1.7.10 and 1.8 then you need to use a plugin called ViaRewind which also **requires** ViaVersion. Do however note that this **isn't officially supported** by the developer of ViaVersion.

1.8.x servers will allow 1.8.x, 1.9.x, 1.10.x, 1.11.x, 1.12.x, 1.13.x, 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.9.x servers will allow 1.9.x, 1.10.x, 1.11.x, 1.12.x, 1.13.x, 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.10.x servers will allow 1.10.x, 1.11.x, 1.12.x, 1.13.x, 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.11.x servers will allow 1.11.x, 1.12.x, 1.13.x, 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.12.x servers will allow 1.12.x, 1.13.x, 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.13.x servers will allow 1.13.x, 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.14.x servers will allow 1.14.x, 1.15.x

1.15.x servers will allow 1.15.x

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