Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) is free of charge. You only need to pay for the cloud resources that you create and deploy in ACK. This topic describes how cloud resources used in ACK are billed.

  • For clusters of ACK Proprietary Edition or ACK Managed Edition, you are charged based on the corresponding billing methods of the resources that are created or deployed in the clusters. These resources include Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances, Server Load Balancer (SLB) instances, and Network Address Translation (NAT) gateways. You do not need to create master nodes in clusters of ACK Managed Edition. Therefore, if you are using clusters of ACK Managed Edition, you are not charged for resources related to master nodes.
    Note Clusters of ACK Managed Edition include ACK Standard clusters and ACK Pro clusters. If you are using ACK Pro clusters, an extra service fee is charged based on the following methods:
  • For serverless Kubernetes (ASK) clusters, you are charged for the resources that are created or deployed in the clusters. These resources include Elastic Container Instances (ECIs), SLB instances, and NAT gateways.