Right now the official FortiClient available for Linux lacks VPN functionality.

I need to connect from an Ubuntu 16 system to the VPN of an employer and they only use FortiClient VPN...

What should I do, do I have options (or which would be the best one)?

Thanks a lot!

  • Install the client program and import the Fortinet connexion profile file(s) - Ask the company IT for that (those) file(s)
    – cmak.fr
    Apr 30, 2020 at 4:46
  • The client program (FortiClient, for Linux) is already installed. I don't know what are the "connexion profile files". "The company IT" means this particular employer or Fortinet? Thanks May 1, 2020 at 22:27
  • ask 'the employer' for Forticlient config file(s), it is the client configuration saved in a file you can import using the forticlient menu
    – cmak.fr
    May 2, 2020 at 2:05
  • Thanks a lot, cmak.fr, but the employer declare himself unable to solve this, and I already have FortiClient installed on the machine, so, I have to assume that he's unable to find/manage those config files... That's why I'm looking for some other solution (be it a Fortinet-VPN-client installation in some way or another, compatible client..., I don't know...) May 3, 2020 at 7:23

1 Answer 1


openfortivpn is an opensource Fortinet SSL VPN compatible client.

NetworkManager-fortisslvpn uses openfortivpn for its backend.

From Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic), NetworkManager-fortisslvpn can be installed with:

sudo apt install network-manager-fortisslvpn-gnome

I guess openfortivpn and NetworkManager-fortisslvpn would need to be built from sourcecode for Ubuntu 16.04.

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