Azure Quantum Credits

In this article, you'll find the guidelines to understand Azure Quantum Credits and how to use them to run your programs on quantum hardware.

Tip

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How to get your Azure Quantum Credits

First-time users automatically get $500 (USD) free Azure Quantum Credits for use with each participating quantum hardware provider within six months. Your free Azure Quantum Credits become available once you create a new Azure Quantum workspace. When you've consumed all your credits, you'll only pay for the services you use, and you can cancel anytime.

Credits are shared for all workspaces within a single subscription and region. You'll get $500 (USD) free Azure Quantum credits for each quantum hardware provider when you create your first Azure Quantum workspace, but the following workspaces you create within the same subscription and region will share the credits plan.

Note

Note that Azure credits and Azure Quantum credits are different grants and shouldn't be confused. When you create a free trial Azure account, you get $200 (USD) free Azure Credits to use on Azure services. Azure credits aren't eligible to use on quantum hardware providers.

How long are credits valid for

Azure Quantum credits are valid six months from the creation of your Azure Quantum workspace.

How to use your Azure Quantum Credits

Azure Quantum Credits may be used with any programming language or framework that is supported by Azure Quantum. Once you've created an Azure Quantum workspace, you can use your $500 (USD) free Azure Quantum Credits within six months.

To use your Azure Quantum Credits with a provider, submit a job in a workspace that uses an Azure Quantum Credits plan for that provider. All jobs submitted from a workspace targeting a provider that uses an Azure Quantum Credits plan will be free. If a job happens to go over the current credit allocation, it will be rejected.

Important

There are no costs or charges to use your free Azure Quantum Credits. However, there may be some small storage costs, as the input and output of your jobs are stored in a storage account that you pay for. Job data is typically <1MB per job. For more information, see Azure Blob Storage pricing.

How credit consumption is calculated

Azure Quantum Credits consumption is based on a resource-usage model defined by each quantum provider and cost of use is deducted from your credits. To see the offering of each quantum hardware provider and how they track the credits usage, see Azure Quantum pricing.

How to get more credits

If your Azure Quantum credits have expired, or you consumed all and need more, you can apply to the Azure Quantum Credits program. Microsoft offers up to $10,000 (USD) extra Azure Quantum Credits for use on quantum hardware. For more information about applications and terms of use, see FAQ: Azure Quantum Credits program.

How to view your credit balance

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal, using the credentials for your Azure subscription.
  2. Select your Azure Quantum workspace.
  3. In the left panel, under Operations, go to the Credits and quotas blade and select the Credits tab.
  4. See the consumed and the remaining credits for each selected provider. Credits are expressed in US dollars.

Screenshot of the credits blade in Azure portal.

Note

If you have any questions regarding the workspace creation process, or any issue using Azure Quantum, bookmark the Azure Quantum office hours and join our open office hours every Thursday at 8:30am PST.

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