Confluent Cloud Console Basics

The Confluent Cloud Console enables you to view and create environments, clusters, topics, view your account billing information, and more. This topic describes the basics of using the Cloud Console and some common tasks you can complete in the Cloud Console, such as:

  • Adding and deleting Apache Kafka® clusters
  • Changing your password
  • Managing notifications
  • Creating and viewing API keys
  • Viewing billing information
  • Installing the Confluent CLI and accessing support

Note

If you are using AWS Transit Gateway and need to add or delete clusters, contact Confluent Support.

Use the Cloud Console

Access the Cloud Console at the following URL:

https://confluent.cloud

To access the console, you will be required to sign in to your Confluent Cloud account. You can sign up for a free account, if you don’t have an account.

The next few sections describe the basics of accessing and using the Cloud Console.

Supported web browsers

The latest stable versions of the following web browsers are supported by Confluent Cloud Console:

User session timeouts

Each time you access your Confluent Cloud account in the Cloud Console from a web browser, you will be required to sign in. There are limits on how long you can remained signed in to your account with and without activity. The limits are as follows:

  • Idle timeout: If no activity is seen in the Cloud Console browser tab for 30 minutes, you will be logged out.
  • Maximum timeout: You can be logged in to Confluent Cloud for a maximum of 8 hours. After 8 hours, you will be logged out and must sign in again. This is enforced regardless of activity.

These are default settings and cannot be configured or changed.

Domains required by the Cloud Console

The Cloud Console requires access to the following domains to function properly:

The following domains are not required for the Cloud Console to operate properly, but are recommended:

Built-in tutorial

The Confluent Cloud Console includes an in-product tutorial that guides you through the basic steps for setting up your environment. This tutorial enables you to practice configuring Confluent Cloud components from directly within the console. Sign in to the Cloud Console and follow the tutorial link or click the LEARN button in the console to start the tutorial.

View and change cluster settings

The Cloud Console enables you to perform several cluster-specific tasks.

Monitor cluster activity

You can monitor cluster activity and usage from the Clusters page within each of your environments. To view the page, sign in to Confluent Cloud, choose an environment, and the Clusters page displays.

Confluent Cloud Cluster Panels

View cluster details

On the navigation menu, choose Cluster Overvew > Cluster Settings to access the Cluster settings page. You can view the cloud type, provider, region, and zone availability details, and delete a cluster from the General tab of this page.

Hover on the Cluster ID, Bootstrap server, or REST endpoint properties to access a copy-to-clipboard button for your convenience. Paste these details when you are configuring, running commands, or troubleshooting your cluster.

Confluent Cloud Cluster Settings

Change a cluster name

The General tab of the Cluster settings page also enables you to edit the cluster name.

  1. On the Cluster settings page, make sure the General tab is selected, and click the Edit icon.

    Confluent Cloud Change Settings
  2. Edit the cluster name in Cluster name field and click Save changes.

    Edit cluster name

Delete a cluster

The Cluster settings page enables you to delete a cluster.

Note

If you have a dedicated cluster with private networking, you will have to delete any associated network resources, such as Private Links, before deleting the cluster.

  1. From the Cluster settings, make sure the General tab is selected, and click Delete cluster.

    Confluent Cloud Change Settings Delete Cluster

    You are prompted to confirm the deletion.

    Confirm cloud cluster deletion

Create keys for a cluster

To create and delete API keys for cluster resources, navigate to Cluster Overview and choose API keys. Select a key to edit its description. For more information, see Resource-specific API keys.

Confluent Cloud Cluster Settings

Manage notifications

You can manage account, billing and service notifications using the Cloud Console. Access the Manage notifications page by clicking the Alert bell icon in the upper right of the console. To learn more about notifications, see Notifications for Confluent Cloud.

Confluent Cloud bell icon for notifications

Access Confluent CLI and support

See instructions to install and use the Confluent CLI, and access Confluent support and tools from options located at the bottom of the navigation menu.

Confluent Cloud support

Install the CLI

Choose CLI and tools, located at the bottom of the navigation menu. Select the Confluent CLI tab for step-by-step instructions to install and access your Confluent Cloud environment with the Confluent CLI. For more information about how to install and use the Confluent CLI, see Confluent CLI.

Access support

To access Confluent support, choose Support located at the bottom of the navigation menu. The support plans display, with your current plan indicated. See Confluent Cloud support plans for details about the plans.

Access account and billing information

The Administration menu in the upper right enables you to access account and billing information, and create API access keys for the cloud account.

Admin menu

Change your password

  1. From the Administration menu, click Settings > Reset password.

  2. An email will be sent to the email address associated with the account to reset your password.

    Change Confluent Cloud password

View organization bill and ID

  1. From the Administration menu, click Billing & payment. The Billing page shows current accrued charges by selected environment and time period (year and month).

    Confluent Cloud Billing page
  2. Click the Payment details & contacts tab to obtain your Cloud Organization ID, edit your billing information, add an address for tax purposes, or claim a Promo Code.

    Confluent Cloud Payment details page

For more information, see the billing page.

Add users

To add a user:

  1. From the Administration menu, click Accounts & access, and click +Add user.
  2. Enter an email address, select an Access Role, and choose a Scope.
  3. Click Review and then Create.

For more information, see Add a user account.