Start a Databricks free trial on AWS


To create your Databricks account, you need an existing AWS account. If you don’t have an AWS account, you can sign up for an AWS Free Tier account at

This article tells you how to sign up for a Databricks free trial and how to cancel the free trial.

How does the free Databricks trial work?

During the 14-day free trial, all Databricks usage is free, but Databricks uses compute and S3 storage resources in your AWS account.

When your Databricks free trial ends, you receive an email informing you that you are automatically enrolled in the Databricks plan that you selected when you signed up for the trial, but you won’t be billed without your authorization. You can upgrade to a higher tier plan at any time after your trial ends.

Cancel the free trial

You can cancel your subscription at any time. See Cancel your Databricks subscription.

Sign-up choice: Databricks or AWS

You can sign up through AWS Marketplace or through the Databricks website. The main difference is how you’ll be billed after the free trial ends:

  • If you signed up through AWS Marketplace, your Databricks usage will be billed through your AWS account.

  • If you signed up through Databricks, you’ll pay with a credit card and manage billing through the Databricks account console.

Sign up through Databricks

If you sign up for the 14-day free trial directly with Databricks, you must provide credit card information, but you won’t be billed during the trial period. Billing won’t start up after your trial without your authorization.

  1. Navigate to the Try Databricks page.

  2. Enter your name, company, email, and title, and click Continue.

  3. Select Amazon Web Services as your cloud provider and click Get started.

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    The Databricks trial is free, but you must have an AWS account as Databricks uses compute and storage resources in your AWS account.

  4. Look for the welcome email and click the link to verify your email address.

  5. You’re redirected to the Databricks account console, where you can set up your Databricks account and create a workspace.

Sign up through AWS Marketplace


An AWS account can have only one active AWS Marketplace subscription to Databricks.

  1. Log in to your AWS account as a user with the Purchaser role.

  2. Go to AWS Marketplace.

    You can also follow this direct link.

  3. On the initial subscription page, click View purchase options.

  4. On the next page, read the terms and click Subscribe.

  5. On the pop-up dialog, click Set Up Your Account.

    A Databricks sign-up page appears.

  6. Enter your email address, first name, last name, and company, and click Sign up.

    This email address becomes your Databricks account owner username.

  7. When you’ve finished, look for two emails:

    • An email from Amazon confirming your Databricks subscription in AWS Marketplace.

    • An email from Databricks welcoming you and asking you to verify your email address.

  8. In the Databricks welcome email, click the link to verify your email address. You are prompted to create your Databricks password.

  9. After you create your password, you’re redirected to the Databricks account console, where you can set up your Databricks account and create a workspace.

Manage credit card billing

If you signed up for a 14-day free trial paying with a credit card, you can continue to use your Databricks account when the trial is over by adding billing information. You will receive an email to remind you.

  1. Log in to the account console as the account owner or an account admin.

  2. Click the Settings icon in the sidebar and click the Subscription & Billing tab.

  3. Click the Add billing information button.

  4. On the Billing page, add your billing information and click Save.

You will be billed monthly until you cancel. To switch from monthly credit-card billing to invoice or commit billing, contact a Databricks representative.

Manage AWS Marketplace subscription billing

If you signed up for the free trial using AWS Marketplace, charges appear on the AWS Billing & Cloud Management dashboard alongside your other AWS charges. After the free trial period, you are billed only for the resources you use

Next steps

For a 30-minute setup guide for your first Databricks workspace, including setting up connections with your cloud storage, see Get started: Databricks workspace onboarding.