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Cost Calculator for Azure Quick Reference Guide

SolarWinds Cost Calculator for Azure Quick Reference Guide

SolarWinds® Cost Calculator for Microsoft® Azure® is a free tool that can help you discover how much you pay for Azure Cloud Services. Azure offers around 15,000 stock keeping units, which are charged on an hourly basis. The price of the same service can vary based on the region. All of these facts can make the Azure billing process cumbersome and difficult to understand. Cost Calculator for Azure is designed to help you predict how much you pay for the services you’re using. This tool is also built to help all budget holders and SysAdmins who are responsible for cloud resources in their companies, regardless of the size of the business.

Key features:

  • No installation needed
  • Support for Microsoft Windows® and Mac® OS X®
  • Shows the cost of assigned Azure accounts and their subscriptions plans
  • Display spending in current month, last month, last quarter, or year
  • Uncover orphaned objects that you’re paying for, but aren’t being used
  • Consolidates spending and shows the final expense in users’ preferred currency
  • Filter spending per department, user, instance type, price, or location

Installation Requirements



Operating System: Microsoft Windows®

Windows® 7

Windows 8

Windows 8.1

Windows 10

Windows Server® 2012

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Operating System: MacOS®

MacOS High Sierra

MacOS Mojave

Download and run the tool for the first time (Microsoft Windows®😞

  1. Download the free tool here – Cost Calculator for Azure – Free Download | SolarWinds
  2. Unzip the tool
  3. Double-click CostCalculator.exe
  4. Accept the terms of the license agreement

Download and run the tool for the first time (MacOS®😞

  1. Download the free tool
  2. Unzip the tool
  3. Double-click to run CostCalculator.dmg
  4. Follow instructions and accept the terms of the license agreement

Overview screen

When you launch Cost Calculator for Azure for the first time, the Overview screen is displayed. Here, you can link your Azure accounts with the tool to start monitoring prices.

The Overview screen can provide quick access to an overview of your used resources and total cost of all instances. Each instance contains information about location, resource group, subscription, and cost. You can sort or filter the results.

The Overview page contains a search bar where you can search for the instance, filtering out any instance that doesn’t meet your search criteria.

Showing trend

When you select any resource, you can click on the “Show Trend” button, so you can look at the cost of the resource in historical data. You can select your own timeframe and choose between daily and monthly granularity. The report can be exported as a PDF.



In settings, you can manage your linked Azure accounts and their subscription plans. You can choose if you want to count with them or not, and you can add a new account.


Changing the displayed currency is an available option. All spending is changed by the valid exchange rate. You can manually edit any exchange rate that’s used by the tool.


When attempting to link my account I get the error "There was a problem with loading the subscriptions." with my subscription list below the error.  Has anyone else had this issue?

This issue can happen if the Azure user does not have appropriate rights/role (admin/owner) for particular subscription. Cost Calculator needs to create a service principal there. Check please your role in Azure.

Thank you.


When I try to log in using my account - which is a global administrator - I get two messages: "There was a problem with loading the subscription" and "Empty Account." Any ideas?

Is there a tool to see how much on site vm's and hardware would cost to run in Azure, there used to be a report in VMAN appliance but can not find it now ?

I was under impression this tool would allow for cost calculation for moving on-prem Solarwinds workloads into Azure. I guess that's not the case here. It'd be nice to know the cost before moving loads to Azure against AWS.

Having the same problem.  Have you got any solution?


Has there been any additional enhancements to this tool?

Same error message, problem loading your subscription. Got around 90 subscriptions and have owner role in few subscriptions. Is there a way to selectively pick few subscription where I have owner role

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