Deploy a cluster directly

In this tutorial, we will provide a step by step guide to deploying a cluster from scratch. Our recommended procedure assumes you have completed the signup process and have created an organization (either through AzureAD setup or through the Amazon Cognito signup process). The simplest way to then deploy a cluster quickly is to subscribe to CrateDB Cloud using your credit card. Here we will explain how to do so, from the initial subscribing to the deployment itself. Our payment processing and billing are powered by Stripe.

Table of contents

Deploy cluster

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

CrateDB Cloud Console Organization overview

From here, click the blue Deploy new cluster button. This will take you to the cluster deployment screen. This screen consists of three steps: region selection, cluster configuration, and account settings.

Select region

First, select a region. Your cluster will be deployed in this region.

Region selection


Currently, your choice of region does not affect the price of the cluster. This may change in future versions of CrateDB Cloud.

Configure cluster

Next, go through the cluster configuration process. On the left-hand side, you can choose a subscription plan. As you select each subscription plan, you will see that the values for CPU, RAM, and storage per node change accordingly in the middle panel that shows the node specification.

For most subscription plans, the node specification also allows a further choice of tier: Basic, Pro, or Premium. Each higher tier doubles the values per node of the previous tier.

Finally, on the right the cluster scale overview shows the total values for the cluster. This is simply the number of nodes multiplied by the values of the subscription plan and tier. The cluster scale panel also allows you to increase the number of nodes you want in your cluster.

Cluster configuration panels

To sum up: the configuration of the cluster depends on the hardware values per node and the number of nodes in the cluster. The hardware values per node are determined by the choice of subscription plan and the choice of tier within the subscription plan. The number of nodes in the cluster is set in the cluster scale panel.

Each of these choices will affect the price of the cluster, and it is possible for a subscription plan, a tier, or a number of nodes to be subject to a free or discounting promotion. You can always find the total price per hour and per month in the blue bar at the bottom of the screen.

Total price information bar


To identify a promotional offer where a discount is available, look for the % icon under the cluster scale panel. For more information about promotions, see our documentation on promoted clusters.

Promotional icon

Set up your account

At the bottom of the deployment screen you can configure your account settings. Since you have already created an organization, it does not need to be set here. However, you can now define a project that the cluster can be deployed in, as well as the cluster name. You also determine the database username and password that you can use to access the cluster Admin UI later on.

Account settings menu

Note that the cluster name has certain validation requirements: it may contain only numbers, letters, and the dash symbol -. It must begin with a letter and end with a letter or a number, and must be at least three characters long.

Click Next at the bottom right to proceed.

Provide billing information

Finally, you will be taken to a new screen where you can fill out your billing information. Our payment processing is supported by Stripe. At the bottom right you can find the cards accepted by When you have filled out the necessary information, click Deploy below it to deploy your cluster. Do not forget to accept financial authorization by ticking the box at the bottom.

Billing information screen

The payment and billing information you have submitted will be saved in the Billing tab of the Organization overview screen in the CrateDB Cloud Console (i.e., the fifth tab from the left on the same screen you arrived at).


You will now be returned to the CrateDB Cloud Console, but this time to the Cluster overview page. A popup menu will remind you of the username and password you selected for connecting to the cluster. Make sure you copy this information to a safe place (e.g., a password manager), as it will not be retrievable past this point.

As the spinning wheel icon in the left-hand menu indicates, the cluster is now being set up according to your specifications. Simply wait for it to finish; no further action is needed.

When the cluster is up and running, you can connect to it with the CrateDB AdminUI, where you can input queries and view additional metrics. To do so, go to the cluster overview page of the cluster you just created and click on Open Admin UI. You can log in with the database username and password you defined in the account settings stage.

Cluster administration button

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