Start doing DevOps with Azure

Take a simple path to developing and operating your apps in the cloud

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

Practise cloud-based CI/CD

Automate app deployment with continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). Deploy to the Web Apps feature of App Service, Azure Virtual Machines, Service Fabric or Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Get full-stack monitoring

Take advantage of granular performance monitoring, alerts and easy-to-consume dashboards to help ensure that your applications are available and performing as you expect.

Use the toolchain of your choice

Spend less time integrating and more time building solutions. Azure integrates with the popular open-source and third-party tools that you know and love, such as Jenkins, Terraform and Ansible.

Build smarter with Azure DevOps Services

Practising DevOps on Azure is even simpler when you use Azure DevOps Services. From planning, testing and collaboration tools to unlimited free private repos, take advantage of the full set of available DevOps services or choose just what you need to complement your existing workflows. Create an Azure DevOps account to try it for free.

Learn more about Azure DevOps Services

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Linux Virtual Machines


750 hours


Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Windows Virtual Machines


750 hours


Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Managed Disks


64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Blob Storage


5 GB

LRS hot block

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

File Storage


5 GB

LRS File Storage

Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code.

SQL Database


250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

Azure Cosmos DB


5 GB

400 request units

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

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)


15 GB


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

App Service



Web, mobile or API apps

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




requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)



Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

Service Fabric



Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps.

Security Center



policy assessment and recommendations

Prevent, detect and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources.



500 minutes

of job runtime

Simplify cloud management with process automation.

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 or debit 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