Deploy a cluster directly

In this tutorial, we will provide a step-by-step guide to deploying a cluster from scratch. It is assumed you have completed the signup process. If you’re a first-time user, a new organization will have been created for you as a part of the signup process. If not, you will need to create one manually to proceed. The simplest way to then deploy a cluster quickly is to subscribe to CrateDB Cloud using your credit card. Our payment processing and billing are powered by Stripe. It is also possible to use your AWS or Azure subscription as a payment. To follow these steps, go to the Cloud Console.

Table of contents

Deploy cluster

When you have finished the signup process, you will arrive at the CrateDB Cloud Console. The screen will show the Clusters overview:

CrateDB Cloud Console Clusters overview

From here, click the blue Deploy cluster button to get to the cluster deployment screen. Here you can configure the name, region, compute, storage, and the number of deployed nodes.

CrateDB Cloud Console Deployment Configuration


First, after naming your cluster, select a region where your cluster should be deployed. Currently, we offer AWS and Azure regions. If there is a region that you would like to see but we don’t currently offer, you can let us know by clicking the “Request new region” button and filling out the form.

CrateDB Cloud Console Deployment New Region Request

If you are deploying an Edge cluster, you can choose your custom region by clicking the “Add a custom edge region” link.


In the Compute section, you should choose a subscription plan that suits your needs and use case. Plans consist of a per-node CPU and RAM allocation.

Shared-resources clusters (CR0)

The Shared-resource clusters are a special category of clusters that allow better utilization of resources. These clusters share compute and storage resources with other clusters in this category. Because of this, they offer a more cost-effective solution for smaller teams and experimental deployments of low-traffic applications. They are limited to one node with 2 CPUs, 2 GiB of memory, and 4 GiB of storage.


You can choose, with the exception of CR0, how much storage space you need for your cluster.


The storage capacity of a cluster cannot currently be lowered in the CrateDB Cloud Console once it has been deployed.

Number of nodes

The number of nodes represents the horizontal scaling of your CrateDB Cloud cluster.

To sum up: the configuration of the cluster consists of the hardware per-node values (CPU, RAM, storage), and the number of nodes in the cluster. The hardware values are determined by choice of subscription plan. Each of these choices will affect the price of the cluster. You can always find the total price per hour and month on the right side of the deployment screen.

Provide billing information

Next comes a payment method screen. Our credit card payment processing is powered by Stripe. If you have an existing AWS or Azure subscription, you can also pay using that. You can choose the payment method right after you configure your cluster and click Next.

Payment method screen

Credit card

You can find the cards accepted by at the bottom right part of the screen. When you have filled out the necessary information, click Deploy Cluster below it to deploy your cluster. Do not forget to accept the financial authorization by ticking the box at the bottom.

Billing information screen


The other payment option is to use an AWS or Azure marketplace subscription. Simply choose the one you’d like to use, and you will see a prompt that will forward you to the respective marketplace page where you can confirm the subscription.

Billing information screen

The payment and billing information you have submitted will be saved in the Billing and Payment method pages, visible in the menu on the left side of the console.

Your current accumulated bill is shown in the billing meter in the bottom left of the CrateDB Cloud Console screen.


Your cluster should now be ready to use!


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