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 will not 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

Enable open source analytics

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

Secure your data

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

Simplify monitoring

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

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free each month for 12 months. Availability is based on resource and region.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

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

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

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

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

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 a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

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

Computer Vision

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S1 tier

Extract rich information from images to categorise and process visual data.

Personaliser

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

50,000 transactions

S0 tier

Deliver rich, personalised experiences for every user.

Which products are always free?

These products are always free. Availability is based on resource and region.

Virtual Network

NETWORKING

50

virtual networks

Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters.

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.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

400 RU/s

provisioned throughput

Build modern apps with a fast NoSQL database service with open APIs at any scale.

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.

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 you can spend during the first 30 days.

What happens once I use my $200 free credit or I am at the end of 30 days?

We will notify you so you can decide if you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you will have access to free products.* If you do not, your account and products will be disabled and you will 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 will be billed 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?

Ready when you are—let us set up your free account