Getting Started on Marqo Cloud

Welcome to the Marqo Cloud getting started guide. In this page we will go through how to get set up and running with Marqo Cloud starting from your first time login through to building your first application with Marqo.

If you'd prefer to read this as markdown then you can read it on GitHub here.

Navigating the Console

In this section we will get acquainted with the console.If you haven't made an account yet then you can sign up here.

Head to your cloud console and sign in. This will bring you to the console landing page.

Tour of the Console

Note: you will not incur any costs on your Marqo account unless you create an index so you can follow along with this section and cancel the creation at the end to avoid any costs.

You can navigate to your indexes but clicking on the indexes tab on the left nav bar.

This will bring you to the indexes page, here you can view and managed your indexes once they have been created.To create a new index, click the create index button.

You can now configure the index as needed for your application. We will talk through what each of these sections mean in the following sections. The screen will look like this.

Index Name

This is self explanatory. This will be the name of your index. You will use this name to reference you index in your code and it will be displayed in the console.

Indexing Mode

The indexing mode is effectively a shorthand for your index configuration. Choosing Text-optimised (the default) will automatically choose a model that is suitable for indexing text-only data. Likewise, choosing Image-compatible will choose a model that is suitable for indexing text and images. You can view these index settings in detail under the Hide advanced details accordion above the estimated cost.

Storage Shard Type

The storage shard type is the type of storage that will hold your vectors. The storage pod indexes your vectors (which are created by the inference pods) and searches them. There are three storage shard types available:

Marqo basic is the cheapest of the shard types. This is good for proof of concept applications and development work. These shards have higher search latency that the other options and each shard has a lower capacity of approximately 1 million documents though 0.5 million is recommended. These shards cannot have any replicas either so they are note recommended for production applications where high availability is a requirement.

Marqo balanced is the middle tier of the shard types. This is good for production applications where high availability is a requirement. These shards have lower search latency than marqo.basic and each shard has a higher capacity of approximately 8 million documents though 4 million is recommended. These shards can have replicas so they are suitable for production applications where high availability is a requirement.

Marqo performance is the highest tier of the shard types. This is good for production applications where high availability and the lowest search latency is a requirement, especially for indexes with tens or hundreds of millions of vectors. These shards have the lowest search latency of all the shard types and each shard has a capacity of approximately 8 million documents though 4 million is recommended. These shards can have replicas so they are suitable for highly available production application with millions of users.For the tutorials in this getting started guide we will only use marqo.basic shards however if you are deploying a production search with many users we recommend using marqo.balanced. For larger enterprises with large number of concurrent searches a marqo.performance shard is likely more suitable.

The shard type, number of shards, and number of replicas you pick in index creation will be fixed. To try a different configuration for these values you will need to create a new index.

Inference Pod Type

The inference pod type adjusts the infrastructure that is used for inference. Inference is the process of creating vectors from your data. A more powerful inference node will reduce latency for indexing and search by creating vectors faster. Inference pod type has a particularly big difference on latency for indexing or searching with images. There are three inference pod types available:

Marqo CPU Small is the smallest and cheapest inference pod available. It is targeted towards very small applications or development and testing where speed is not critical, this pod is not sufficient for most multimodal models and is best used for text only models. The small CPU is a very cost effective way to start out with Marqo and experiment with developing applications on the cloud.

Marqo CPU Large is the middle tier of the inference pod types. This is suitable for production applications with low latency search. For many applications a large marqo.CPU.large pod will be sufficient when searching with text however if searching or indexing images and dealing with very high request concurrency these may become too slow.

Marqo GPU is the highest tier of the inference pod types. This is suitable for production applications with low latency search and high request concurrency. These pods are significantly faster than marqo.CPU.large pods when indexing or searching with text and/or images. marqo.GPU is significantly faster when working with images.

A common usage pattern is to mix these nodes for different stages of development. For example you can accelerate indexing of images with marqo.GPU pods and then swap to marqo.CPU pods for searching with only text. You can change your inference configuration at any time by editing the index.

Number of shards, replicas, and pods

This will configure how many instances of the storage and inference classes will be created. Each shard is an instance of your storage type and will multiply the cost of the storage type by each shard. Each replica will contain all your shards and thus multiplies the cost of all your shards. Replicas increase availability and also reduce latency as the search traffic can be balanced across your replicas. For production applications at least one replicas is recommended.

The number of inference pods will multiply the cost of your inference pod type by the number of pods. This will increase the speed of indexing and searching as the load can be balanced across your pods. You can scale down to zero to remove your inference costs however you index cannot be accessed programmatically while there are no inference pods. A higher number of inference pods will help in applications with high request concurrency. For many applications one or two pods will be sufficient.

Advanced Details

You can also edit your index configuration with the advanced details section. For details on the index default object please refer to our documentation.

The most common change you will likely want to make here is to change the model you are using. For example if you are indexing text data and want higher relevancy in exchange for higher latency you could configure "model": "hf/e5-large" which has a larger embedding space of 1024 dimensions and benchmarks better on retrieval benchmarks than the default model however inference search both take longer due to its increased size.

For a list of all available models please refer to our documentation.

Create Index

Once you are done with configuration you can create your index by clicking "Create Index" at the bottom. This will take you to the index page where you can see your index being created. This will take a few minutes to complete. You can refresh the page to see the status of your index. Once it is ready you will be able to use it.For now you can click cancel and return to this page when you are ready to follow one of the tutorials in this guide or to build your own application.


Once you have made an index and its creation has completed (usually about 10 minutes) you will be able to copy its endpoint URL from the indexes page on the console. You can either use the URL for each index or you can use in the Python client and it will fetch the index endpoints for you.

Testing Your Endpoint

If you have created an index you can check that it is up and running via the /indexes endpoint. You will need to have created and index and given the inference pods time to finish initializing as described in the previous steps. You can check your indexes via Python as follows.

import marqo
url = ""
api_key = "your api key goes here"
mq = marqo.Client(url, api_key=api_key)
indexes = mq.get_indexes()
print([index.index_name for index in indexes['results']])

You should see output along the lines of

Deleting an Index

Note: Index deletion is permanent and cannot be undone.

When you are done with an index you can delete it from the cloud console. Navigate to the indexes page and click the three dots on the right of the index you want to delete. Click delete and confirm the deletion. This will delete the index and all the data in it, index deletion cannot be undone.

Making an API Key

You can managed your API keys in the API Keys tab on the left nav bar. You will have a key called default when you first log in. You can create a new key by clicking the new API key button at the top right. If you want to cycle API keys or need to revoke access for one you can simply delete it from this page and it will cease to work.

Managing Team Members

You can manage team members by heading to the Team Members tab in the left nav bar. You can invite new team members by clicking the New Member button at the top right. You can also remove team members from this page.New members will be sent an email inviting them to your account, this will provide them with full access to the console. You can revoke access by removing them from the team members page


You can view your billing information by heading to the billing tab in the left nav bar. You can view your current and forecasted usage for the month as well as a breakdown of your usage. To update billing information or to view invoice details and historical billing data you can click the View Billing Portal button at the bottom right and your billing portal will open in a new tab.

Marqo Demo Applications

Want to get started quickly with Marqo? We have made a repo of quickstart applications which will get you up and running with your first image search or chatbot application today! Check out the repo here. You can clone it with:

git clone

The commands in these tutorials are for Linux and MacOS. If you are using Windows you can use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to run the commands. If you are using a different operating system you will need to adapt the commands to your operating system.

🛍️ E-Commerce
Build an E-Commerce image search application using Marqo! This demo uses an AI generated E-Commerce dataset with additional metadata to experiment with score modifiers.
🤖 Chatbot
Build a chatbot that can search your data to generate informed responses using GPT4, get started with an index built from Marqo's documentation.

Further Resources

Want to know more? You can read more about the cloud, pricing, and documentation for Marqo. If there is anything else you want to know then feel free to ask on our community forum or chat to us on Slack!.