Sign up for a Free Databricks Trial

To help you get to know Databricks, you can try it out for free. You can choose between Databricks Platform Free Trial and Community Edition subscriptions. Both options give you free Databricks units (DBUs), units of Apache Spark processing capability per hour based on VM instance type.

Databricks Platform Free Trial is more flexible, but Databricks uses compute and S3 storage resources in your AWS account. During the sign-up process you grant Databricks privileges to access your AWS account and an S3 bucket. When you register for the trial, you can request credit for free AWS resources. When your free trial ends you receive an email informing you that you are automatically enrolled in the Databricks Standard Plan and can add optional features.

Databricks Community Edition is fully resourced; you are not required to supply any compute or storage resources. However, several features available in the Databricks Platform Free Trial, such as the REST API, are not available in Databricks Community Edition. For details, see Databricks Community Edition FAQ.

You can cancel either subscription at any time in the Account Console.

This article describes how to sign up for a subscription.

Step 1: Launch the sign up wizard and select a subscription type

  1. Go to Databricks and click Try Databricks at the top right.

    Try Databricks
  2. Click GET STARTED to choose Databricks Platform Free Trial or GET STARTED to choose Community Edition.

Databricks Platform Free Trial

The Databricks Platform Free Trial gives you access to the full Databricks product. If you want to request AWS credits for proof-of-concept (PoC) usage during the trial, you can do it as part of the signup process.

  1. When you select Databricks Platform Free Trial you’ll see this registration form.

    Registration form
  2. Fill in the registration form.

  3. Click Sign Up. Databricks will send an email to the address you entered.

  4. Open the “Welcome to Databricks” email and click the link to verify your mail address. The Account Owner Login page opens with your credentials filled in.

  5. Click Login. You see the trial page with pricing details.

    Free AWS PoC credits
  6. To get request free AWS credits, click Apply for free AWS credit.

    Fill out the PoC credit application and click Submit. Wait until you are contacted by Databricks before you continue with the trial registration process.

  7. Click Start Trial.

  8. Fill in your Billing Details and click Next Step.

  9. Follow the steps in Configure Your AWS Account to configure your AWS account information.

  10. Follow the steps in Configure AWS Storage to configure your AWS storage information.

  11. Agree to the Terms of Service and click Deploy. The deployment link displays.

  12. Click the deployment link to log into Databricks.

  13. Log into Databricks using the credentials you supplied when you registered. You’ll see the Databricks home page.

    Landing page

Community Edition

When you select Community Edition you’ll see a registration form.

  1. Fill in the registration form.

  2. Click Sign Up.

  3. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree.

  4. When you receive the “Welcome to Databricks” email, click the link to verify your mail address.

  5. Log into Databricks using the credentials you supplied when you registered. You’ll see the Databricks Community Edition home page.

    Community Edition landing page

Step 2: Optionally add security features

When you sign up for a Databricks platform free trial, you are on the Standard Plan. For additional security features, you can add the Operational Security package to the Standard Plan or convert to the Enterprise Plan. These options offer the following features:

Operational Security

  • Role-based access control for notebooks, clusters, jobs, and structured data
  • Single sign-on (SSO) with SAML 2.0 support
  • JDBC/ODBC authentication

Enterprise Plan

  • Single-tenant deployment
  • Audit logs
  • Customer-provided KMS key for encrypting data
  • No public IPs for worker nodes
  • Restricted network access for end users
  • Customized CIDR range of deployment
  • AWS GovCloud
  1. Log into your account using the username and password that you used when you created the account.

  2. Click the user profile Account Icon icon at the top right and select Manage Account.

  3. Click Databricks Plans.

    Databricks plans
    • Operational Security: In the box labeled ADD-ON: DATABRICKS ENTERPRISE SECURITY, click the Contact Us link.
    • Enterprise Plan: In the box labeled Enterprise Plan, click the Contact Us button.

    For both options, you’ll see a confirmation dialog:

    Confirmation dialog
  4. Dismiss the dialog. An account representative will contact you.

What’s next

Go to the Get Started as a Databricks User and run the quickstart.