Build applications for free with Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB (vCore) Free Tier


Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB (vCore) now introduces a new SKU, the "Free Tier," enabling users to explore the platform without any financial commitments. The free tier lasts for the lifetime of your account, boasting command and feature parity with a regular Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB (vCore) account.

It makes it easy for you to get started, develop, test your applications, or even run small production workloads for free. With Free Tier, you get a dedicated MongoDB cluster with 32-GB storage, perfect for all of your learning & evaluation needs. Users can provision a single free DB server per supported Azure region for a given subscription. This feature is currently available in the Southeast Asia region.

Get started

Follow this document to create a new Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB (vCore) cluster and just select 'Free Tier' checkbox. Alternatively, you can also use Bicep template to provision the resource.

Screenshot of the free tier provisioning.

Upgrade to higher tiers

As your application grows, and the need for more powerful machines arises, you can effortlessly transition to any of our available paid tiers with just a click. Just select the cluster tier of your choice from the Scale blade, specify your storage requirements, and you're all set. Rest assured, your data, connection string, and network rules remain intact throughout the upgrade process.

Screenshot of the free tier scaling.


  • Zero cost
  • Effortless onboarding
  • Generous storage (32-GB)
  • Seamless upgrade path


  • For a given subscription, only one free tier account is permissible.
  • Free tier is currently available in the Southeast Asia region only.
  • High availability, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Diagnostic Logging are not supported.

Next steps

Having gained insights into the free tier of Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB (vCore), it's time to embark on a journey to understand how to perform a migration assessment and successfully migrate your MongoDB to the Azure.