Launch your first instance

For this Getting Started tutorial we'll use Timescale Forge to get you up and running quickly. Timescale Forge combines the power and reliability of TimescaleDB with a fully-managed, cloud-native experience that is easy to start and less expensive to operate.

Creating a Timescale Forge account is fast and simple, allowing you to explore TimescaleDB free for 30 days, no credit card required. We're just excited that you are ready to dive into the world of time-series data with TimescaleDB!

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If you would prefer to setup TimescaleDB in your own environment and follow along with the rest of the _Getting Started_ tutorial, please see our documentation for installing self-hosted TimescaleDB

Step 1: Create a Timescale Forge account

Sign up for Timescale Forge by visiting forge.timescale.com.

Provide your full name, email address, and a strong password to start:

You will need to confirm your account by clicking the link you receive via email. If you do not receive this link, please first check your spam folder and, failing that, please contact us.

Step 2: Create your first service

After you complete account verification, you can visit the Timescale Forge console and login with your credentials.

To begin, click 'Create service'.

For the purposes of this tutorial, you can simply select the default name, compute and storage options. But don't worry, if you want to do more with Timescale Forge after you've completed everything, you can always resize your service or create a new one in a few clicks!

After you select 'Create service', you will see confirmation of your service account and password information. You should save the information in this confirmation screen in a safe place:

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If you forget your password in the future, you can reset your password from the _service dashboard_.

It will take a couple minutes for your service to be provisioned. When your database is ready for connection, you should see a green Running label above the service in the service dashboard.

Select any service to view service details. You can obtain connection, configuration, and utilization information. In addition, you can reset the password for your service, power down or power up any service (which stops or starts your compute, although your storage persists), or delete a service altogether.

Now let's make sure you can connect to the database before we start adding data and learning about everything that TimescaleDB offers!

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