Buy an Oracle Cloud Subscription

Use the Oracle Cloud website to estimate your cloud usage and costs for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services and to sign up for an Oracle Cloud account. You can also contact an Oracle Sales representative to order Oracle Cloud services on your behalf.

To purchase a subscription to Oracle Cloud Applications (SaaS), see Order Oracle Cloud Applications.

About Bring Your Own License Subscriptions

If you already have Oracle software licenses for services such as Oracle Database, Oracle Middleware, or Oracle Analytics, you can reuse them when subscribing to Oracle Platform Cloud Services (Oracle PaaS). This is called Bring Your Own License (BYOL).

With BYOL, you can leverage existing software licenses for Oracle PaaS at a lower cost. For example, if you have purchased a perpetual license for Oracle Database Standard Edition earlier, then you can use the same when you buy Database Standard Package with BYOL pricing. This enables you to get a discounted price for your services. Oracle BYOL to PaaS includes Compute and Compute support along with automation.

You continue to get the same license support (that you had for your existing licenses) and contract when you buy Oracle PaaS with BYOL pricing. This flexible licensing allows you to move between your on-premises and cloud services with ease.

How do You Use Your BYOL for Oracle PaaS?

When you have an existing Oracle software license and you want to use it on Oracle Cloud, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Select specific Oracle BYOL options in the Cost Estimator to get your BYOL pricing.

  • Apply your BYOL pricing to individual cloud service instances when creating a new instance of your PaaS service. BYOL is the default licensing option during instance creation for all services that support it. For example, when creating a new instance of Oracle Database Cloud Service using the QuickStarts wizard, BYOL option is automatically applied.

For a list of cloud services that support BYOL, search for BYOL in the Universal Credits Service Descriptions Document.

For more information, see BYOL Overview video and Frequently Asked Questions.

About Universal Credits

Oracle Cloud provides a flexible buying and usage model for Oracle Cloud Services, called Universal Credits.

When you sign up for an Oracle Cloud Account, you have unlimited access to all eligible IaaS and PaaS services. You can sign up for a Pay-As-You-Go subscription to pay in arrears based on your actual usage at the end of your monthly billing cycle.

After you sign up, you can start using any of the IaaS or PaaS services at any time. Not all services are available in all the data regions. You can only use services in the data regions that your subscription is enabled in. However, you can always extend your subscription to other data regions to access services available there. See Extending Your Subscription to Another Data Region.

When new eligible services become available as part of the Universal Credits program, you'll receive an email with the details of the newly added services if they are available in one of your enabled data regions.

For new services added to data regions where your subscription is not enabled, see the Service Availability Matrix.

Upgrade Your Free Oracle Cloud Promotion

You can choose to upgrade your free promotion to a paid account at any time during the promotion period or within 30 days of the promotion expiration.

If you are using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, then you can upgrade your promotion to a paid account from the Account Management page. For more information, see Changing Your Payment Method.

Activate Your Order from Your Welcome Email

If you ordered Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Oracle IaaS) and Oracle Platform as a Service (Oracle PaaS) cloud services with Universal Credits through Oracle Sales, then you must activate your services before you start using them.

When an Oracle Sales representative orders Oracle Cloud services on your behalf, you’ll receive a welcome email and you’ll be designated as an activator of the services. To activate your services, you must provide your details and set up your account with Oracle. Review the instructions in the email to create an account and start using your services.

  1. Open the email you received from Oracle Cloud.
  2. Review the information about your service in the email.
  3. Click Activate My Services.
  4. Complete the form to sign up for your new Oracle Cloud account.

    You will be asked to:

    • Provide a new account name, which will be used to identify your Cloud account.

    • Provide your email address. You must provide the same email address at which you received your welcome email. Instructions for signing in to your new Oracle Cloud account will be sent to this address. You’ll be prompted for the email ID only if you don’t already have an Oracle Cloud account.

    • If prompted, select a Home Region. If you need more information, click the Regions link below the field.


      Your home region contains your account information and identity resources. It is not changeable after your tenancy is provisioned. If you are unsure which region to select as your home region, contact your sales representative before you create your account.
    • Provide Oracle Cloud account administrator details. The person you specify here will be a Cloud Account Administrator and a Service Administrator and can create other users in your account. This person will manage and monitor services in the specified Oracle Cloud account.

    • After you enter all the required information, click Create Account to submit your request for an Oracle Cloud account.

After successful activation, you’ll receive another email with your sign in credentials. Use this information to sign in to your account and change your password after initial sign in.

Verify That Your Services Are Ready

When you sign up for a Free Oracle Promotion or a paid account, your Oracle Cloud account is created soon after sign up, but the service provisioning takes some time. You’ll receive a Welcome email soon after you sign up.

The email contains information required to access your account and sign in to Infrastructure Classic Console:

  • Your user name and temporary password (sign-in credentials)

  • The name of your Cloud Account

Sign in to Infrastructure Classic Console to see how many services are provisioned. A message at the top of the Infrastructure Classic Console indicates how many services are active.

  1. Click Get Started with Oracle Cloud from your welcome email.
  2. Change your password when prompted.
  3. Scan the dashboard to check the current status of your service. When the services are provisioned, they might not immediately be displayed on the Infrastructure Classic Console. Services with instances are automatically displayed.
  4. Click the gear icon next to Dashboard and set the services to Show. By default, all service tiles are hidden, unless a service has at least one instance. The Customize Dashboard dialog box appears.

When all the services in your order are provisioned, you’ll get a message on the Infrastructure Classic Console. You can then add users, view service details, monitor account usage, and access the service consoles.

Some services in your order may require additional sign-in credentials, which you can find in the Manage Account, My Admin Accounts page. For more information about these services, see Access Traditional Cloud Account Services.