Deploy and manage Kubernetes 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

Build microservices applications

Easily define and build Kubernetes-orchestrated microservices using Visual Studio Code (VS Code).

Deploy a Kubernetes cluster

Deploy a multi-node Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster without worrying about reliability, availability, and upgrades.

Easily monitor and manage Kubernetes

Gain full visibility into your managed Kubernetes environment with control plane telemetry, log aggregation, and container health as part of the Azure portal.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

5 GB

400 requests units

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

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS File Storage

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

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

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

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB X 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Which products are always free?

These products—including serverless, containers, and artificial intelligence—are always free

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

Azure DevOps

DEVELOPER TOOLS

5

users (with unlimited private Git repos)

Build apps in any language using our DevOps service - git repos, CI/CD, build and release automation.

Virtual Network

NETWORKING

50

virtual networks

Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters.

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.

Batch

COMPUTE

Free

Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications.

Notification Hubs

CONTAINERS

1,000,000

push notifications

Send push notifications to any platform from any back end.

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’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll 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’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 you upgrade your account, certain amounts of popular products for compute, networking, storage, and databases are free. After 12 months, any of these products 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