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Version: 8.5

Create a cluster

If you haven't created a cluster yet, the Clusters page will be empty.

To deploy and run your process, you must create a cluster in Camunda 8.

  1. To create a cluster, navigate to Console, click the Clusters tab, and click Create new cluster.
  2. Name your cluster. For the purpose of this guide, we recommend using the Stable channel and the latest generation. Additionally, select your region. Click Create cluster.
  3. Your cluster will take a few moments to create. Check the status on the Clusters page or by clicking into the cluster itself and looking at the Applications section.

Even while the cluster shows a status Creating, you can still proceed to begin modeling.

Development clusters

Starter Plan users have one development cluster, with free execution for development included in their plan. Deployment and execution of models (process instances, decision instances, and task users) is provided at no cost. Additional clusters can be purchased through your billing reservations.

Visit the clusters page to learn more about the differences between development clusters and production clusters.

  • Stable: Provides the latest feature and patch releases ready for most users at a minimal risk. The releases follow semantic versioning and can be updated to the next minor or patch release without data loss.
  • Alpha: Provides preview releases in preparation for the next stable release. They provide a short-term stability point to test new features and give feedback before they are released to the stable channel. Try these to ensure the upcoming release works with your infrastructure. These releases cannot be updated to a newer release, and therefore are not meant to be used in production.

You can decide if you want to have automated updates to new versions of Camunda 8 activated. You can also toggle this feature anytime later in the Settings tab of your cluster.

Additionally, you can tag your cluster for dev, test, stage, or prod. Assigning a tag can make it easier for team members to clearly distinguish between different stages of the software development lifecycle. Tags have no impact on performance and can be changed later in the cluster details section of the cluster overview page.


Only organization owners or users with the Admin role in Console can deploy from Web Modeler to prod clusters. Users without Admin roles can deploy only on dev, test, or stage clusters.


  1. After you've made your selection and created the cluster, view the new entry in the Clusters tab:


  1. The cluster is now being set up. During this phase, its state is Creating. After one or two minutes, the cluster is ready for use and changes its state to Healthy:


  1. After the cluster is created, click on the cluster name to visit the cluster detail page.