Create a Cluster

There are two ways of creating clusters using the UI:

  • Create an interactive cluster that can be shared by multiple users. These are typically used to run notebooks. Interactive clusters remain active until you terminate them.
  • Create an automated cluster to run an automated job. You create an automated cluster when you create a job. Job clusters are terminated automatically after the job is completed.

This article describes how to create an interactive cluster using the UI.

  • To learn how to create automated clusters, see Create a job.
  • To learn how to use the Databricks CLI to create clusters, see Clusters CLI.
  • To learn how to use the REST API to create clusters, see Clusters API.

Note

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 Clusters Menu Icon in the sidebar.

  2. Click the Create Cluster button.

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    Note

    If you are using a Trial workspace and the trial has expired, the Create Cluster button will be disabled and you will not be able to create a cluster.

  3. Name and configure the cluster.

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

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  4. Click the Create button.

    Initially, the cluster list page displays the status of the new cluster as Pending.

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    Once the cluster state changes to Running, you can attach notebooks and start running commands and queries.