Build a TiDB cluster in TiDB Cloud (DevTier)

This document walks you through the quickest way to get started with TiDB. You will use TiDB Cloud to create a free TiDB cluster, connect to it, and run a sample application on it.

If you need to run TiDB on your local machine, see Starting TiDB Locally.

Step 1. Create a free cluster

  1. If you do not have a TiDB Cloud account, click TiDB Cloud to sign up for an account.

  2. Sign in with your TiDB Cloud account.

  3. To create a Developer Tier cluster for one year free, you can either select the Developer Tier plan on the plan page or click Create a Cluster (Dev Tier).

  4. On the Create a Cluster (Dev Tier) page, set up your cluster name, password, cloud provider (for now, only AWS is available for Developer Tier), and region (a nearby region is recommended). Then click Create to create your cluster.

  5. Your TiDB Cloud cluster will be created in approximately 5 to 15 minutes. You can check the creation progress at Active Clusters.

  6. After creating a cluster, on the Active Clusters page, click the name of your newly created cluster to navigate to the cluster control panel.

    active clusters

  7. Click Connect to create a traffic filter (a list of client IPs allowed for TiDB connection).


  8. In the popup window, click Add Your Current IP Address to fill in your current IP address, and then click Create Filter to create a traffic filter.

  9. Copy the string to connect with a SQL client for later use.

    SQL string

Step 2. Connect to a cluster

  1. If the MySQL client is not installed, select your operating system and follow the steps below to install it.

Install Homebrew if you do not have it, and then run the following command to install the MySQL client:

brew install mysql-client

The output is as follows:

mysql-client is keg-only, which means it was not symlinked into /opt/homebrew,
because it conflicts with mysql (which contains client libraries).

If you need to have mysql-client first in your PATH, run:
  echo 'export PATH="/opt/homebrew/opt/mysql-client/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.zshrc

For compilers to find mysql-client you may need to set:
  export LDFLAGS="-L/opt/homebrew/opt/mysql-client/lib"
  export CPPFLAGS="-I/opt/homebrew/opt/mysql-client/include"

To add the MySQL client to your PATH, locate the following command in the above output (if your output is inconsistent with the above output in the document, use the corresponding command in your output instead) and run it:

echo 'export PATH="/opt/homebrew/opt/mysql-client/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.zshrc

Then, declare the global environment variable by the source command and verify that the MySQL client is installed successfully:

source ~/.zshrc
mysql --version

An example of the expected output:

mysql  Ver 8.0.28 for macos12.0 on arm64 (Homebrew)

Take CentOS 7 as an example:

yum install mysql

Then, verify that the MySQL client is installed successfully:

mysql --version

An example of the expected output:

mysql  Ver 15.1 Distrib 5.5.68-MariaDB, for Linux (x86_64) using readline 5.1
  1. Run the connection string obtained in Step 1.
mysql --connect-timeout 15 -u root -h <host> -P 4000 -p
  1. Fill in the password to sign in.

Step 3. Run the sample application

  1. Clone the tidb-example-java project:

    git clone
  2. Change connection parameters.

    No changes are required.

    In plain-java-jdbc/src/main/java/com/pingcap/, modify the parameters of the host, port, user, and password:


    Suppose that the password you set is 123456 and the connection string you get from TiDB Cloud is the following:

    mysql --connect-timeout 15 -u root -h -P 4000 -p

    In this case, you can modify the parameters as follows:

  3. Run make plain-java-jdbc.

    Here is an example of the expected output.

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