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    Create your Azure free account today

    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

    Test and deploy enterprise apps

    Use Azure Virtual Machines, Managed Disks, and SQL databases while providing high availability and network performance with Load Balancer.

    Create custom mobile experiences

    Build based on your customers’ interests and behavior using App Service and Azure Cosmos DB, Xamarin, HockeyApp, and Traffic Manager.

    Gain insights from your data

    Make better decisions and create finer experiences using Machine Learning, Azure Databricks, and HDInsight.

    Which products are free for 12 months?

    These popular products are free each month for 12 months

    Linux Virtual Machines


    750 hours

    B1S VM

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

    Windows Virtual Machines


    750 hours

    B1S VM

    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 a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

    Azure Cosmos DB


    5 GB

    400 requests 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 centers.

    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.

    Event Grid



    operations per month

    Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

    Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)



    Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

    Face API



    transactions per month

    Enable natural and contextual interaction with tools that augment users' experiences.

    DevTest Labs



    Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments.

    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