Install FortiClient VPN Client on Ubuntu 20.04/Ubuntu 18.04

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to install FortiClient VPN Client on Ubuntu 20.04/Ubuntu 18.04. FortiClient VPN allows you to create a secure and an encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection tunnel using IPSec or SSL VPN “Tunnel Mode” connections between your device and the FortiGate Firewall.

Installing FortiClient VPN Client on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04

FortiClient VPN client can be installed on Ubuntu systems using the DEB binary or directly from the Fortinet Ubuntu repos.

Installing FortiClient VPN Client using DEB file

To install FortiClient VPN Client on Ubuntu or other Ubuntu releases using the DEB binary file, navigate to FortiClient downloads page and grab the DEB binary installer.

You can as well simply get the link to the DEB installer and pull it using wget utility tool as follows;


Note that this specifically installs FortiClient Be sure to get the latest version from the downloads page.

Once the installer is downloaded, install FortiClient VPN as follows;

sudo dpkg -i FortiClientFullVPNInstaller_6.4.0.0851.deb

To avoid having to deal with the required package dependencies, simply run the command below instead.

sudo apt install ./FortiClientFullVPNInstaller_6.4.0.0851.deb

FortiClient VPN application should now be present on your system.

Install FortiClient VPN Client from Fortinet Ubuntu Repos

Fortinet provides repos from which you can easily install FortiClient VPN Client from. However, as of this writing, the repos are not available for Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. Thus, use the method above to install FortiClient VPN on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install FortiClient VPN Client from Fortinet Ubuntu Repos

To install Fortinet VPN from Fortinet Ubuntu repos, you first need to install the repository GPG signing key.

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Next, create the Fortinet Ubuntu 18.04 repo;

echo "deb [arch=amd64] /bionic multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/fortinet.list

Next, update the package repos;

apt update

Check the available version of

apt-cache policy forticlient
  Installed: (none)
  Version table: 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages 500
        500 /bionic/multiverse amd64 Packages

As you can see the Fortinet repos do not provide the latest version of the FortiClient VPN as of this writing. Hence, better use the first method above instead.

Connecting to VPN using FortiClient VPN client

Launch FortiClient VPN client by searching it from Ubuntu activities menu;

Install FortiClient VPN Client on Ubuntu 20.04/Ubuntu 18.04

When you first run it, being a free version, it prompts you accept that it doesn’t come with any support. Accept the disclaimer to continue using the application.

forticlient disclaimer

To setup the VPN connection profile, click Configure VPN.

connect to vpn

Setup your SSL VPN connection details;

ssl vpn connection

Click Save to add the connections.

Enter you VPN connection credentials.

connect vpn

Click Connect to connect to the VPN.

You can click the three menu lines to add a new, edit or delete the existing connection.

Upon successful connection to the VPN, you should see such connection status.


You can always disconnect from the VPN by clicking Disconnect.

Further Reading


Fortinet Documentation Library

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