Get Started with Confluent Cloud on the GCP Marketplace

This topic shows you how to get up and running using Confluent Cloud on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Marketplace.

A GCP Marketplace account. You can use Confluent Cloud with your existing GCP billing and credits.


  1. Navigate to the GCP Marketplace and search for “Apache Kafka® on Confluent Cloud.”

    Selecting Confluent Cloud in Marketplace
  2. Choose Apache Kafka® on Confluent Cloud™ and the purchase page appears.

  3. Click on the Purchase button.


    To purchase you must be logged in to the GCP Marketplace and your project must be enabled for purchase by your billing administrator.

    To pay for Confluent Cloud, GCP has enabled Confluent Consumption Units (CCUs). Each CCU equals $0.0001. Pricing in GCP Marketplace is the same as our direct purchase pricing. For example, if you stream 1 GB of data into a cluster in region us-east1, you would pay $0.11 or the equivalent of 1,100 CCUs.

    Purchasing Confluent Cloud
  4. Choose Confluent Consumption Unit as the pricing option and make sure to select the box that authorizes Google to make this purchase on your behalf.

  5. To enable Confluent Cloud on GCP, click on the Enable button. Enabling Confluent Cloud on GCP can take up to one minute.


    You are not charged until you enable the Confluent Cloud API in GCP.

    Enabling the Confluent Cloud API on GCP
  6. Click on the Manage via Confluent link to start working with Confluent Cloud. This link takes you a sign up page outside of the GCP console.

    Confluent Cloud properly enabled on GCP
  7. Sign up for Confluent Cloud. Use the same admin user email to register with Confluent Cloud that you use to log into GCP. Click Submit.

    Registering the administrator for Confluent Cloud

    You should receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Click on the “Verify your email address”.

    Verifying your email address

    After verification, you are automatically logged in as the administrator of the new Confluent Cloud account account.

    Click Create cluster to get started.

    Create clusters

Next Steps

Try out the Confluent Cloud Quick Start, which shows you how to use Confluent Cloud to create topics, produce, and consume to an Kafka cluster.