Run open-source big data frameworks with your Azure free account

Get started with 12 months of free services

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this – and you won’t be charged until you choose to upgrade.

12 months

of popular free services

+

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

+

Always free

25+ services

What can I do with my free account?

Here are just a few ideas of all you can do with Azure

Enable open-source analytics

Easily run Apache Hadoop, Spark, Kafka and other popular open-source frameworks at global scale.

Securing your data

Protect your enterprise data assets using Azure Virtual Network, encryption and integration with Azure Active Directory.

Simplify monitoring

Monitor all of your clusters with a single interface in Azure Log Analytics.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data.

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

Get premium, secured disk storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

5 GB

400 request units

Build and scale your application with a globally distributed, multi-model database service.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centres.

Which products are always free?

These products – including serverless, containers and AI – are always free

Virtual Network

NETWORKING

50

virtual networks

Provision private networks and connect to on-premises data centres.

Data Factory

DATABASES

5

activities low frequency

Compose and manage data services at scale.

Visual Studio Code

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Boost your productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development.

Machine Learning Server

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice.

App Service

COMPUTE

10

Web, mobile or API apps

Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools, including Node.js and PHP.

Functions

COMPUTE

1,000,000

requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

What else do I need to know?

Do I pay anything to start with the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit which you can spend during the first 30 days.

What happens once I’ve used my $200 free credit or I’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll notify you so you can decide whether you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you’ll have access to all the free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you’ll need to upgrade to resume usage.

What happens at the end of the 12 months of free products?

For 12 months after upgrading your account, certain amounts of popular products for compute, networking, storage and databases are free. After 12 months, any of these products which you may be using will continue to run, and you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

What do I need to sign up for a free account?

All you need is a phone number, a credit card, and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID).

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Ready when you are – let’s set up your free account