how do I setup and create a SSL-VPN-tunnel using Ubuntu 18.04 Linux?

I downloaded the Forticlient.

On Windows I see a “REMOTE ACCESS” option on the left side of the client.

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However on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux I do not see the same menu:

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So how do I setup and create a SSL-VPN-tunnel using Ubuntu 18.04 Linux?

Most of the Fortinet knowledge base pages are mostly blank: Tested with Firefox and Chromium.

Also is it possible with standard linux tools to connect or must I use the FortiGate Forticlient to connect?


2 Answers 2


The remote access is currently not available in Forticlient 6.0 for Linux. You can see the official compatibility chart when you scroll down in the following link: Forticlient compatibility

You can use the openfortivpn client: Installing openfortivpn

FortiClient 6.2, Fabric Agent with Endpoint Protection and Cloud Sandbox, can be purchased and the Linux version supports SSL VPN: FortiClient 6.2 Compatibility


Here is Forticlient – SSLVPN app we use at my work as an alternative to FortiClient for linux users.

The interface is very similar to forticlient:

much better alternative if you ask me, as it does not silently install antivirus bloatware ;)

  • How does it achieve what is asked? How do you use it? How do you set it up? Please read How do I recommend software in my answers?
    – Mokubai
    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:37
  • I installed the app. It is great. But the GUI gets the error <pre>Could not load editor VPN plugin for 'org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.fortisslvpn' (missing plugin file "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/NetworkManager/libnm-vpn-plugin-fortisslvpn-editor.so").</per> I connect the VPN server using command line
    – Sinai
    Mar 24, 2020 at 8:35

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