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Deploy a Free Cluster

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Estimated completion time: 10 minutes

Atlas free clusters provide a small-scale development environment to host your data. Free clusters never expire, and provide access to a subset of Atlas features and functionality.

Paid clusters provide full access to Atlas features, configuration options, and operational capabilities. For more information on paid clusters, including deployment instructions, see Create a New Cluster.


You can deploy only one free cluster per Atlas project.


Once you log in, open your organization and find your project. Atlas prompts you to build your first cluster.

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Shared clusters include the M0, M2, and M5 cluster tiers. These low-cost clusters are suitable for users who are learning MongoDB or developing small proof-of-concept applications.

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Atlas supports M0 free clusters on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure. Atlas displays only the regions that support M0 free clusters and M2/M5 shared clusters.

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Selecting M0 automatically locks the remaining configuration options. If you cannot select the M0 cluster tier, return to the previous step and select a Cloud Provider & Region that supports M0 free clusters.

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You can enter any name for your cluster. The cluster name can contain ASCII letters, numbers, and hyphens.

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Once you deploy your cluster, it can take up to 10 minutes for your cluster to provision and become ready to use.

Image highlighting Create Cluster button.

Now that your cluster is provisioned, proceed to Add Your Connection IP Address to IP Access List.

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