Registering is the first step to using Humio Cloud, and it’s an easy one. Although the steps are simple and fairly self-explanatory, this page of the Humio Documentation will take you through the process so that you can know what to expect in advance, in case you have any concerns about doing this. When you’re ready, just click on the blue button above to go to the Humio Cloud.
In a web browser, go to either cloud.humio.com or cloud.us.humio.com. When you do, you’ll see on the screen a box like the one in Figure 1 here. Regardless of which URL you use, you’ll still have the choice of selecting the cloud server in Europe or the U.S. This may be chosen by the Region pull-down menu. Whichever one you use to register, though, will have to be the one you use whenever returning to Humio Cloud to log in later.
Initially, in this box you’re asked to choose a log-in method. However, for registering on Humio Cloud for the first time, click on the link with the text, Create a Free Account. You can see it near the bottom of Figure 1 — the text is highlighted here.
After you register, whenever you return to Humio Cloud, you can choose to log in with your email address or with one of the authentication services, like Google Gmail. For some users, their organization’s administrator may have already registered them. In that case you’d skip the remaining steps here and just login.
Incidentally, your email address will not be shared with any other organization. As for creating an account, you won’t be asked for a credit card or billed for anything when registering. You can open a free account without being asked to pay anything for it. So, you can proceed without timidation.
Another dialog box will appear: this one will ask you to choose a plan — both are free; there are no paid choices at this point. We want you to be confident that Humio will work for you before committing. The choices are Free Account or Unlimited Access to Humio Pro. The free account never expires, per se. However, you can only use our Sandbox repository, which contains sample data. You won’t be able to create your own repository and load data from your servers to see how Humio would perform for you. For that, you’ll need the Humio Pro Account.
If you choose the Humio Pro Account here, you’ll have access to it for only thirty days. When that time expires, you’ll have an opportunity to pay for a unlimited access Pro Account. If you don’t do that, though, your account will be downgraded to a Free Account with access to the Sandbox, but your repository and its data will be deleted. While you have the Trial Pro Account, your repository can receive up to two giga-bytes of data per day, and retain that data for up to seven days. That’s plenty to try Humio.
The second choice is definitely the better one. When choosing the Humio Pro Account, a temporary repository will be created for you, so you’ll be asked to give it a name. An input box will appear like the one you see in Figure 3 here. When you’re done, click the purple button labeled, Create Repository.
Once you’ve finished registering, you’ll see a last dialog box confirming this, like the one in Figure 4 here. It has a few helpful links: Guide to Sending Logs, which is our Getting Started tutorial; a Guide on Migrating from an ELK Stack; the Query Language reference section; and the Integrations page where you’ll see many applications and systems that may be integrated with Humio.
You can click on any of those links, or come back to this documentation page later to find them in the previous paragraph. We usually recommend that you start with the tutorial and the other guides, but you can easily go back to them in a little bit. For now, click on the large button labeled, Skip.
Once your account is created, we’ll send you an email like the one shown in Figure 5 here. It will provide you with links to an interactive tutorial, but that will be accessible from your Humio Cloud account, once you finish the steps here. It will also include links to participating in a Quick Start Workshop, either live or an on-demand recording. There’s also a link to a form through which you can request a live, thirty-minute demonstration from one of our experts. This is useful in that they’ll show you how Humio functions with large amounts of data and will show you much more of what it can do than may be evident from trying it on your own. Plus, the person doing the demo can answer any questions you have.
After skipping the Interactive Tutorial, the screen will look like the screenshot here, in Figure 6. There are a few things on that screen worth noting.
There’s a welcome message with links to start the Interactive Tutorial, and links to the Getting Started guide. This is why we suggested skipping the tutorials and guides for now since they’re easy to start later.
The main panel of this screen has two tabs: Repos & Views and Dashboards. If you have a Free Account you’ll have just the Sandbox repository. That’s where you’ll find sample data for you to try Humio. The Sandbox repository is also used with the Interactive Tutorial. For those who chose the Free Trial Pro Account, there will be Sandbox and the repository you created, and possibly some others.
The Dashboards tab will show dashboards, which are where widgets are displayed, each containing a set of queries. The results of those queries can be displayed with graphs or with plain text in a table. You won’t have any dashboards at this point. They’re covered in the Getting Started tutorial — not in the Interactive Tutorial.
In the right margin, you’ll see some notices, an offer to upgrade to a permanent Humio Pro Account. Don’t worry about that yet. Focus on trying the software at this point. There’s also a colorful box suggesting you join our public Slack channel. That’s a good idea for asking questions later about the software, once you’re using it with your systems.
When you’re ready to start the Interactive Tutorial, click on one of the links on the screen. Incidentally, you can always find a link to it in the Help pull-down menu. You can also find there links back to the Humio Library (e.g., Documentation, Training).
As you go along, you may want to refer to the Humio User Interface section of this documentation. There you will find detailed explanation on how to use every tab, every feature of the User Interface to get the most out of Humio. There are plenty of highlighted screenshots showing you where to find all of the buttons, even the most obscure links and icons to click.