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 Azure for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore Azure 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

Five more Azure services, now free for 12 months

Plus, now get 25 GB of storage free with Azure Cosmos DB.

Azure Load Balancer
Azure Container Registry
Azure Service Bus
Azure Archive Storage
Azure VPN Gateway

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

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

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

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

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

P6 solid-state drives (SSD)

Get high-performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block

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

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS file storage

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

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

VPN Gateway NEW

NETWORKING

750 hours

VpnGw1 gateway type

Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity.

Load Balancer NEW

NETWORKING

750 hours, 15 GB data processing, 5 rules

Standard Load Balancer

Deliver high availability and network performance to your applications.

Azure Cosmos DB NEW

DATABASES

400 RU/s provisioned throughput

With 25 GB of storage

Get a fast NoSQL database with open APIs for any scale.

Service Bus NEW

INTEGRATION

750 hours, 13 million operations

Standard tier base unit

Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration.

Container Registry NEW

CONTAINERS

1 Standard tier registry

With 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks

Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments.

Archive Storage NEW

STORAGE

10 GB LRS storage

10 GB LRS/GRS write and retrieval plus 100 reads

Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS).

Which products are always free?

These products are always free, up to the specified amounts. Availability is based on resource and region.

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.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

COMPUTE

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

Service Fabric

CONTAINERS

Free

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

Security Center

SECURITY

Free

policy assessment and recommendations

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

Automation

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

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 free products.* If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you’ll need to upgrade to resume usage.
* Based on resource and region availability.

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

For 12 months after you upgrade your account, certain amounts of a number of products are free.* After 12 months, you’ll be charged at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.
* Based on resource and region availability.

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?

Get personalized guidance and answers to questions you might have whether you’re evaluating the cloud, starting your first project, or migrating to Azure.

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