FortiClient modes and features

FortiClient offers two licensing modes: Standalone mode and Managed mode. The standalone mode is free, and the managed mode is licensed. In managed mode, FortiClient is used with FortiGate, FortiClient Enterprise Management Server (EMS), or both FortiGate and EMS.

The following table provides a feature comparison between standalone FortiClient (free version) and managed FortiClient (licensed version).

Standalone FortiClient (Free) Managed FortiClient (Licensed)
Installation Options
  • Complete: All Endpoint Security and VPN components will be installed.
  • VPN Only: only VPN components (IPsec and SSL) will be installed.
Installation Options
  • Complete: All Endpoint Security and VPN components will be installed.
  • VPN Only: only VPN components (IPsec and SSL) will be installed.
  • Create a custom FortiClient installer using the FortiClient Configurator tool.
Threat Protection
  • Real-time Antivirus Protection
  • Antirootkit/Antimalware
  • Grayware Blocking (Adware/Riskware)
Threat Protection
  • Real-time Antivirus Protection
  • FortiSandbox support
  • Antirootkit/Antimalware
  • Grayware Blocking (Adware/Riskware)
  • Integration with FortiSandbox
Web Content
  • Web Filtering
  • YouTube Education Filter
Web Content
  • Web Filtering
  • YouTube Education Filter
VPN
  • SSL VPN
  • IPsec VPN
  • Client Certificate Support
  • X.509 Certificate Support
  • Elliptical Curve Certificate Support
  • Two-Factor Authentication
VPN
  • SSL VPN
  • IPsec VPN
  • Client Certificate Support
  • X.509 Certificate Support
  • Elliptical Curve Certificate Support
  • Two-Factor Authentication
Logging
  • VPN, Antivirus, Web Security, and Update Logging
  • View logs locally
Logging
  • VPN, Application Firewall, Antivirus, Web Filter, Update, and Vulnerability Scan Logging
  • View logs locally
  Network Access Compliance
  • Compliance
  • Define and enforce enterprise security policies when FortiClient used with FortiGate.
  Application Control
  • Application Firewall
  • Block Specific Application Traffic
  Vulnerability Management
  • Vulnerability Scan
  • Link to FortiGuard with information on the impact and recommended actions
  • Receive remediation instructions for addressing endpoint vulnerabilities, including access to software patches
  Central Management
  • Centralized Client Management and monitoring
  • Centralized configuration provisioning and deployment
  Central Logging
  • Upload logs to FortiAnalyzer or FortiManager. FortiClient must connect to FortiGate or EMS to upload logs to FortiAnalyzer or FortiManager.

Standalone mode

In standalone mode, FortiClient is not connected to a FortiGate or EMS. In this mode, FortiClient is free both for private individuals and commercial businesses to use; no license is required. See Standalone FortiClient.

Support for FortiClient in standalone mode is provided on the Fortinet Forums (forum.fortinet.com). Phone support is not provided.

Managed mode

Companies with large installations of FortiClient usually need a means to manage their endpoints. EMS can be used to provision and centrally manage FortiClient endpoints, and FortiGate can be used with FortiClient endpoints for network security. Each FortiClient endpoint can register to a FortiGate or an EMS. In this mode, FortiClient licensing is applied to the FortiGate or EMS. No separate license is required on FortiClient itself. See Managed FortiClient.

FortiClient supports endpoint compliance only when FortiClient Telemetry is connected to FortiGate.

FortiClient banner and modes

If FortiClient (full version or VPN only) is running in standalone mode and not connected to a FortiGate or EMS, a single banner at the bottom of the FortiClient console is displayed. When FortiClient is running in managed mode and connected to a FortiGate or EMS, the banner is hidden by default. Similarly, when you create a FortiClient installer by using FortiClient Configurator (Windows) or Repackager (OS X), no banner is displayed by default.

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