Deploy a Free Tier Cluster

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Estimated completion time: 10 minutes

Atlas Free Tier clusters provide a small-scale development environment to host your data. Free Tier 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 Tier cluster per Atlas project.



Log into Atlas.

Once you log in, Atlas prompts you to build your first cluster.

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Click Build a Cluster.

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Select Starter Clusters and click Create a Cluster.

Starter 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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Select your preferred Cloud Provider & Region.

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

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Select M0 Sandbox for cluster tier.

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 Tier clusters.

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Enter a name for your cluster in the Cluster Name field.

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

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Click Create Cluster to deploy the cluster.

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

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Next Steps

Now that your cluster is provisioned, proceed to Whitelist Your Connection IP Address.