Create a cluster

There are two ways of creating clusters using the UI:

  • Create an all-purpose cluster that can be shared by multiple users. These are typically used to run notebooks. All-Purpose clusters remain active until you terminate them.
  • Create a job cluster to run a job. You create a job cluster when you create a job. Such clusters are terminated automatically after the job is completed.

This article describes how to create an all-purpose cluster using the UI. To learn how to create job clusters, see Create a job.


You must have permission to create a cluster. See Configure cluster creation permission.

To create a cluster using the UI:

  1. Click the clusters icon in the sidebar.

    Clusters Icon

  2. Click the Create Cluster button.

    Create cluster
  3. Name and configure the cluster.

    There are many cluster configuration options, which are described in detail in cluster configuration.

    Cluster configuration
  4. Click the Create button.

    The cluster Configuration tab displays a spinning progress indicator while the cluster is in a pending state.

    Cluster status pending

    When the cluster has started and is ready to use, the progress spinner turns into a solid green circle:

    Cluster status

    This indicates that cluster is in the running state, and you can now attach notebooks and start running commands and queries.