Create a Cluster in Confluent Cloud


If you want to encrypt your at-rest Kafka cluster data to ensure only the appropriate entity or user can decrypt it, use the cluster creation steps in Creating Encrypted Confluent Cloud Clusters Using Your Own Key.

This topic shows how to create an Apache Kafka® cluster in Confluent Cloud.


Applicable to Confluent Cloud only. If you’re using Confluent Cloud Enterprise, contact Confluent Cloud Support for assistance.

  1. Navigate to the clusters page for your environment and click Create cluster if this is the first cluster in your environment, or click + Add cluster if there are other clusters already.

  2. Specify a cluster name, cloud provider and region, cluster type, and then follow the instructions based on your cluster type. For a description of cluster types, see Confluent Cloud Cluster Types.


    Basic clusters are designed for development use-cases. Specify cluster type Basic and click Continue.


    Standard clusters are designed for production-ready features and functionality. Specify cluster type Standard, availability, and click Continue.


    Dedicated clusters are designed for critical production workloads with high traffic or private networking requirements. Specify cluster type Dedicated, availability, cluster size, networking, and click Continue.


    • The cluster size is determined by the number of Confluent Unit for Kafka (CKU). CKUs determine the capacity and limits of your cluster. For details on CKUs, see Dedicated cluster CKUs and limits. You can add CKUs to your cluster after provisioning to increase its capacity. We do not support decreasing the number of CKUs after provisioning to decrease its capacity.
    • If you are using VPC Peering, see Networking in Confluent Cloud.
  3. Click Launch.

Next Steps

Learn how to use Confluent Cloud to create topics, produce and consume to a Kafka cluster with the Quick Start for Apache Kafka using Confluent Cloud.