Details of the Always Free Resources

This topic provides reference information about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's Always Free resources.

Compute

All tenancies get two Always Free Compute virtual machine (VM) instances.

You must create the Always Free Compute instances in your home region.

Details of the Always Free Compute instance
  • Shape: VM.Standard.E2.1.Micro
  • Processor: 1/8th of an OCPU with the ability to use additional CPU resources
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Networking: Includes one VNIC  with one public IP address and up to 480 Mbps network bandwidth
  • Operating System: Your choice of one of the following Always Free-eligible operating systems:

    • Oracle Linux (including Oracle Autonomous Linux)
    • Canonical Ubuntu Linux
    • CentOS Linux
Tip

The Linux operating systems labeled "Always Free Eligible" in the Console are compatible with Always Free Compute instances and incur no licensing fees. These operating systems are also compatible with paid resources and are available to users of paid accounts. To provision a Compute instance with an operating system that is not Always Free-eligible, you must have a paid account or a Free Trial account with available credits.

See Oracle-Provided Images for more information about the available operating systems. For steps to create an Always Free-eligible Compute instance, see Tutorial - Launching Your First Linux Instance.

Database

All tenancies get two Always Free Oracle Autonomous Databases. The Autonomous Databases use shared Exadata infrastructure (meaning Oracle handles the database infrastructure provisioning and maintenance). For current regional availability, see the "Always Free Cloud Services" section of Data Regions for Platform and Infrastructure Services.

Details of the Always Free Oracle Autonomous Database instance
  • Processor: 1 Oracle CPU processor (cannot be scaled)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Database Storage: 20 GB storage (cannot be scaled)
  • Workload Type: Your choice of either the transaction processing or data warehouse workload type
  • Maximum Simultaneous Database Sessions: 20
Tip

Always Free Autonomous Databases can be upgraded to paid instances after provisioning if you need features like more storage or CPU scaling.
Note

  • Before creating an Always Free Autonomous Database, check your home region for Always Free Autonomous Database support. See Data Regions for Platform and Infrastructure Services.
  • You cannot create an Always Free Autonomous Database in a Home Region where Always Free Autonomous Databases are not supported.
  • Not all regions support the same database version. The supported version may be 18c-only or 19c-only, depending on the region.

See Overview of the Always Free Autonomous Database for additional product details. See To create an Always Free Autonomous Database for steps to create an Always Free Autonomous Database.

Block Volume

All tenancies receive a total of 100 GB of Always Free Block Volume storage, and five volume backups. These amounts apply to both boot volumes and block volumes combined. When you provision a Compute instance, the instance automatically receives a 50 GB boot volume for storage. You can also create and attach block volumes to expand the storage capacity of a Compute instance. For more information, see Creating a Volume and Attaching a Volume.

Details of the Always Free Block Volume resources
  • 100 GB total of combined boot volume and block volume Always Free Block Volume storage.

  • Five total volume backups (boot volume and block volume combined).

When you create a Compute instance, the default boot volume size for the instance is 50 GB, which counts towards your allotment of 100 GB. You can customize the instance's boot volume size up to 100 GB; however, this will use up your full allotment of storage for Always Free Block Volume resources. Also, because the minimum boot volume size allowed for Compute instances is 50 GB, launching two instances will use all your Always Free Block Volume resources. Alternatively, you can launch one instance with the default boot volume size of 50 GB, and then create and attach a 50 GB block volume to expand the storage capacity of the instance. For more information, see Creating a Volume and Attaching a Volume. Although it is possible to mix paid and Always Free resources, Oracle does not recommend this. If you have used up your allotment of Always Free Block Volume resources, you can free up block storage resources by terminating an Always Free instance and deleting the boot volume, or terminating an Always Free block volume.

You can have a maximum of five Always Free volume backups at any time. This applies to both boot volume and block volume backups. For example, you could have three boot volume backups for your Always Free instance and two block volume backups for your Always Free block volumes. In this example, if you try to create new backups, the operation will fail with an error until you delete existing Always Free volume backups. For more information about volume backups, see Overview of Block Volume Backups and Overview of Boot Volume Backups.

Object Storage

All tenancies get a total of 20 GiB (gibibytes) of Always Free Object Storage.

Details of the Always Free Object Storage resources

If you have a free account (including trial accounts), Always Free Object Storage includes the following:

If you have a paid account, Always Free Object Storage includes the following:

Important

If you are participating in an Oracle Cloud Free Trial, you can store unlimited data and can use 20 GiB for free (your usage of the first 20 GiB incurs no deduction of your initial $300 trial credit balance). Upgrade to a paid account to continue access to unlimited storage. If you do not upgrade before your trial ends, your free account will be limited to 20 GiB of combined Object Storage and Archive Storage. If you are using more than the 20 GiB limit when your Free Trial ends, all of your objects will be deleted. You can then upload objects until you reach your Always Free usage limits.

See Putting Data into Object Storage for instructions on using your Always Free Object Storage resources.

Vault

All master encryption keys protected by software are free. All tenancies get 20 key versions of master encryption keys protected by a hardware security module (HSM) and 150 Always Free Vault secrets. You can spread these keys or secrets across any number of vaults in the tenancy, although virtual private vaults are not included in the Always Free resources.

Details of the Always Free Vault resources
  • all key versions of a master encryption key protected by software (across any number of keys or vaults)
  • 20 total key versions of a master encryption key protected by an HSM (across any number of keys or vaults)
  • 150 total Always Free secrets (across any number of vaults).

  • 40 secret versions of any given secret (including up to 20 in some form of active use and 20 pending deletion).

If you have used up your allotment of Always Free secrets, you can release resources by scheduling a secret or secret version for deletion. At minimum, you do have to wait a day before the secret or secret version is deleted.