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‣ Create Database

📖 Reference Documentation and resources
  1. 📖 Astra Docs - The Astra database creation procedure
  2. 🎥 Youtube Video - Walk through instance creation

A - Overview

ASTRA DB is the simplest way to run Cassandra with zero operations - just push the button and get your cluster. No credit card required and $25.00 USD credit every month (roughly 20M reads/writes, 80GB storage monthly) which is sufficient to run small production workloads.

B - Prerequisites

  • You should have an Astra account. If you don't have one yet, keep reading and we'll show you how to create it.

C - Procedure

✅ Step 1:Click the sign-in button to login or register.

You can use your Github, Google accounts or register with an email. Make sure to chose a password with a minimum of 8 characters, containing upper and lowercase letters, and at least one number and special character.

If you already have an Astra account, you can skip this step. Locate and click the "Create Database" button on the left-side navigation bar of your Astra UI, and read the next step.

✅ Step 2: Complete the creation form

As you create a new account, you will be prompted to create a database; you will see the same form if you simply hit the "Create database" button in your existing Astra account.

  • ℹ️ Fields Description
Field Description
database name It does not need to be unique, is not used to initialize a connection, and is only a label (Between 2 and 50 characters). It is recommended to have a database for each of your applications. The free tier is limited to 5 databases.
keyspace It is a logical grouping of your tables (Between 2 and 48 characters). Please use lower case and snake_case.
Cloud Provider Use the one you like. Click a cloud provider logo, pick an Area in the list and finally pick a region. We recommend choosing a region that is closest to you to reduce latency. In free tier, there is very little difference.
  • ℹ️ Create Database button becomes enabled only when all fields are filled in properly. Please use only lower case and no spaces for a keyspace name.

  • ℹ️ You will see your new database pending in the Dashboard. The status will change to Active when the database is ready, which will only take 2-3 minutes. You will also receive an email when it is ready.

✅ Step 3: Download your token

The database will take about a minute to inialize. Progression can be seen on the right panel (Pending - Deployed to region..., in the screenshot below).

  • Download your token file it will be useful later to use the DB.

✅ Step 4: You are all set

When the status is changed to Your Database is now active you are good to go

  • Click [Go To Database].


Last update: 2022-09-02