Try Azure Databricks

To help you get to know Azure Databricks, you can sign up for a free trial of Azure and create Azure Databricks workspaces. Azure Databricks usage is measured by Databricks units (DBUs), units of Apache Spark processing capability per hour based on VM instance type. This article describes how to:

  • Create an Azure trial account. This trial gives you access to free Azure compute and data resources and a credit towards other services.
  • Create a workspace. You can optionally create an Azure Databricks trial Premium workspace with free Azure Databricks DBUs.
  • Launch the workspace.

Step 1: Create an Azure trial account

  1. Go to Create your Azure free account today.
  2. Click Start free.
  3. Choose a credential associated with a Microsoft account or click Use another account.
  4. Provide a credential and click Next.
  5. Enter a password and click Sign in.
  6. Fill in the Email address and Phone fields and click Next.
  7. Fill in the Phone number field and choose an identity verification method.
  8. Complete the identify verification process.
  9. Provide credit card details and click Next.
  10. Check the Agreement checkbox and click Sign up.

Step 2: Create an Azure Databricks workspace

  1. Log in to the Azure portal.

  2. Go to your profile and change your subscription to pay-as-you-go. Then, remove the spending limit and request a quota increase for vCPUs in your region. When you create your Azure Databricks workspace, you can select the Trial (Premium - 14-Days Free DBUs) pricing tier to give the workspace access to free Premium Azure Databricks DBUs for 14 days.


    If you do not stop the subscription before the $200 credit runs out, you will be billed. The credit should last about 200 cluster (3 * DS3 v2) hours if you do not spend on DBUs during the trial period.

  3. Select + Create a resource > Analytics > Azure Databricks.

  4. In the Azure Databricks Service dialog, provide the workspace configuration:

    Workspace name

    Enter a name for your Azure Databricks workspace.


    Select your Azure subscription.

    Resource group

    Create a new resource group or use an existing one.


    Select a geographical region.

    Pricing Tier

    Select a pricing tier. If you select Trial (Premium - 14-Days Free DBUs), the workspace has access to free Premium Azure Databricks DBUs for 14 days.


    If you want to deploy the Azure Databricks workspace to your own existing virtual network, select the Deploy Azure Databricks workspace in your Virtual Network option. For details, see Deploy Azure Databricks in your Azure Virtual Network (VNet Injection).

  5. Select Pin to dashboard and then click Create. The portal displays “Deployment in progress”. After a few minutes the Azure Databricks Service page displays.

Step 3: Launch the workspace

In the Azure Databricks Service page, click Launch Workspace. You’ll see the Azure Databricks workspace home page:


If you created a trial workspace, the top right of the screen contains a notice of the state of the trial: remaining days or expired.


If you are an Azure Databricks admin, the trial notice has an option to upgrade a trial Premium workspace to a full Premium workspace. Clicking the notice takes you back to the Azure Databricks Service page where, if you are an account owner, you can click Upgrade to Premium to convert to a full Premium workspace. It takes about 10 minutes to complete the upgrade.


  • All running clusters are terminated:
    • When you upgrade a workspace.
    • If the workspace is not upgraded and the trial expires.
  • You cannot create or start any clusters in expired trial workspaces.
  • To prevent accidental deletion of an Azure Databricks workspace, we recommend that you manage access using roles. For example, you can have a contributor role that cannot delete workspaces.

What’s next

Go to the Azure Databricks Quickstart and run the quickstart.