Details of the Always Free Resources
This topic provides reference information on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's Always Free resources.
All tenancies get two Always Free Compute virtual machine (VM) instances.
- 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
- Canonical Ubuntu Linux
- CentOS Linux
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 -eligible instance, see .
All tenancies get two Always Free Oracle Autonomous Databases. The Autonomous Databases use serverless deployment (meaning Oracle handles the database infrastructure provisioning and maintenance). For current regional availability, see Always Free Availability.
- 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
Always Free Autonomous Databases can be upgraded to paid instances after provisioning if you need features like storage or CPU scaling.
See To create an Always Free Autonomous Database for steps to create an Always Free Autonomous Database.
All tenancies get one Always Free 10 Mbps load balancer.
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.
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.
All tenancies get a total of 20 GiB (gibibytes) of Always Free Object Storage.
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:
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.