Step 1: Create a sample Amazon Redshift cluster - Amazon Redshift

Step 1: Create a sample Amazon Redshift cluster

When you have the prerequisites completed, you can start creating your Amazon Redshift cluster, based on a sample dataset.

To create an Amazon Redshift cluster based on a sample dataset:
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon Redshift console at

  2. To create a cluster, do one of the following:

  3. In the Cluster configuration section, specify a Cluster identifier. This identifier must be unique. The identifier must be from 1–63 characters using as valid characters a–z (lowercase only) and - (hyphen).

    Enter examplecluster for this tutorial.

  4. If your organization is eligible and your cluster is being created in an AWS Region where Amazon Redshift Serverless is unavailable, you might be able to create a cluster under the Amazon Redshift free trial program. Choose either Production or Free trial to answer the question What are you planning to use this cluster for? When you choose Free trial, you create a configuration with the dc2.large node type. For more information about choosing a free trial, see Amazon Redshift free trial. For a list of AWS Regions where Amazon Redshift Serverless is available, see the endpoints listed for the Redshift Serverless API in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

    After you choose your node type, do one of the following:

    • In Sample data, choose Load sample data to load the sample dataset into your Amazon Redshift cluster. Amazon Redshift loads the sample dataset Tickit into the default dev database and public schema. You can start using the query editor v2 to query data.

    • To bring your own data to your Amazon Redshift cluster, choose Production. Then, in Sample data, choose Load sample data. For information about bringing your own data, see Bringing your own data to Amazon Redshift.

    Amazon Redshift automatically loads the sample dataset into your sample Amazon Redshift cluster.

  5. In the Database configuration section, specify a value for Admin user name. For Admin password, choose from the following options:

    • Generate a password – Use a password generated by Amazon Redshift.

    • Manually add an admin password – Use your own password.

    • Manage admin credentials in AWS Secrets Manager – Amazon Redshift uses AWS Secrets Manager to generate and manage your admin password. Using AWS Secrets Manager to generate and manage your password's secret incurs a fee. For information on AWS Secrets Manager pricing, see AWS Secrets Manager Pricing.

    For this tutorial, use these values:

    • Admin user name: Enter awsuser.

    • Admin user password: Enter a value for the password.

  6. Choose Create cluster.

This tutorial uses the Amazon Redshift query editor v2. You can use this editor to query data immediately, after Amazon Redshift finishes creating the cluster.

You can also choose other SQL client tools that support JDBC or ODBC drivers to work with data in your cluster. For more information, see Connecting to an Amazon Redshift cluster using SQL client tools in the Amazon Redshift Management Guide.