Sign up for a Databricks free 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.

This article describes how to sign up for a subscription for either trial experience.

Should I use the Free Trial or Community Edition?

The Databricks Platform Free Trial gives you access to the full Databricks product. It is more full-featured and flexible than Community Edition, 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 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.

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.

Sign up for the Databricks Platform Free Trial

  1. Click Try Databricks here or at the top of this page.

  2. Enter your name, company, email, and title, and click GET STARTED FOR FREE.

  3. Select the cloud provider you want use—Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud—and click Get started.

    The Databricks trial is free, but you must have a cloud account, and Databricks uses compute and storage resources in your cloud account. Each cloud provider has programs for free credits during your free trial.

    If you want to request free AWS credits, go to the Proof of Concept Credit Available page. Fill out and submit the PoC credit application and wait until you are contacted by Databricks before you continue with the trial registration process.

    Try Databricks

    After you click Get started, you’ll see a page announcing that an email has been sent to the address you provided.

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

  5. Set up your Databricks account and create a workspace, following the instructions in Set up your Databricks account and create a workspace.

Sign up for Community Edition

  1. Click Try Databricks here or at the top of this page.

  2. Enter your name, company, email, and title, and click GET STARTED FOR FREE.

  3. On the Choose a cloud provider dialog, click the Get started with Community Edition link.

    Try Databricks

    You’ll see a page announcing that an email has been sent to the address you provided

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

  5. When you click Submit, you’ll be taken to the Databricks Community Edition home page.

    Community Edition landing page
  6. Run the Get started as a Databricks Data Science & Engineering user quickstart to familiarize yourself with Databricks.