Provision standard (manual) throughput on a database in Azure Cosmos DB

This article explains how to provision standard (manual) throughput on a database in Azure Cosmos DB. You can provision throughput for a single container, or for a database and share the throughput among the containers within it. To learn when to use container level and database level throughput, see the Use cases for provisioning throughput on containers and databases article. You can provision database level throughput by using the Azure portal or Azure Cosmos DB SDKs.

Provision throughput using Azure portal

SQL (Core) API

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Create a new Azure Cosmos account, or select an existing Azure Cosmos account.

  3. Open the Data Explorer pane, and select New Database. Provide the following details:

    • Enter a database ID.
    • Select Provision throughput.
    • Enter a throughput (for example, 1000 RUs).
    • Select OK.

    Screenshot of New Database dialog box

Provision throughput using Azure CLI or PowerShell

To create a database with shared throughput see,

Provision throughput using .NET SDK


You can use Cosmos SDKs for SQL API to provision throughput for all APIs. You can optionally use the following example for Cassandra API as well.

All APIs

//set the throughput for the database
RequestOptions options = new RequestOptions
    OfferThroughput = 500

//create the database
await client.CreateDatabaseIfNotExistsAsync(
    new Database {Id = databaseName},  

Cassandra API

Similar command can be executed through any CQL compliant driver.

// Create a Cassandra keyspace and provision throughput of 400 RU/s
session.Execute("CREATE KEYSPACE IF NOT EXISTS myKeySpace WITH cosmosdb_provisioned_throughput=400");

Next steps

See the following articles to learn about provisioned throughput in Azure Cosmos DB: