You're only 5-minutes away from using the platform! Alchemy is open and self-serve, so all you need to do is choose your tier, sign-up, then start using the developer platform! To make getting started as easy as possible, we have a free tier and a simple, step-by-step Getting Started Guide on our docs.
An app is your gateway to the blockchain! More specifically, it is a set of API keys and dashboards that keep all of your products and projects organized within Alchemy's suite of developer tools. Think 'Kyberswap Frontend' or '0x API Backend'.
A compute unit is a measure of how many resources (CPU, RAM, disk, etc) an API method consumes on Alchemy. A simple request like blockNumber only consumes 10 CUs, while a more complex request like eth_call consumes 26 CUs. You can see a full breakdown of CUs / method on our docs.
Our free tier is the most powerful in the industry, with access to 300M compute units, full archive data, Smart Websockets, and the full Alchemy Suite, so it's a great place to start for any beginner. For teams with a need for more capacity, higher throughput, or access to more powerful features like Geth Debug and Parity Tracing, the Growth Tier is the perfect option. Finally, for large production teams who need custom SLAs, 24/7 support, and other premium features, contact us to learn more about our enterprise tier.
We're obsessed with providing the most developer-friendly experience across our platform, and this doesn't stop at pricing. Pricing on compute units allows us to provide developers with the most fair and transparent pricing possible. No more over-paying for simple requests - you only pay for what you use, period. Read more about our reasoning here.