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Administration Guide

Feature comparison of FortiClient standalone and licensed versions

When not connected to EMS, FortiClient offers a limited feature set. The following chart shows the modules available for FortiClient for different OSes:

Module

Free VPN-only standalone FortiClient

Licensed FortiClient

Windows, Windows Server, macOS, and Linux

Windows

Windows Server

macOS

Linux

Fabric Telemetry

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Compliance

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sandbox Detection (including connection to FortiSandbox Cloud)

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

FortiClient (Linux) cannot connect to FortiSandbox Cloud or query or submit samples to FortiSandbox. It can only download and use the FortiSandbox signature file.

AntiVirus

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web Filter

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Application Firewall

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Remote Access

Only supports a limited version of the Remote Access feature. The following is supported:

  • IPsec and SSL VPN with user authentication
  • Certificate authentication
  • Two-factor authentication using FortiToken

You can only download the free VPN client from FNDN or FortiClient.com.

For details, see Standalone VPN client.

Yes

SSL VPN only

Yes. FortiClient (macOS) does not support IPsec VPN IKEv2.

SSL VPN only

Vulnerability Scan

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Central management

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

24x7 support

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

In 6.4.0, you apply FortiClient licensing to EMS. EMS supports free and paid licensing models. See FortiClient EMS.

Feature comparison of FortiClient standalone and licensed versions

When not connected to EMS, FortiClient offers a limited feature set. The following chart shows the modules available for FortiClient for different OSes:

Module

Free VPN-only standalone FortiClient

Licensed FortiClient

Windows, Windows Server, macOS, and Linux

Windows

Windows Server

macOS

Linux

Fabric Telemetry

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Compliance

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sandbox Detection (including connection to FortiSandbox Cloud)

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

FortiClient (Linux) cannot connect to FortiSandbox Cloud or query or submit samples to FortiSandbox. It can only download and use the FortiSandbox signature file.

AntiVirus

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web Filter

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Application Firewall

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Remote Access

Only supports a limited version of the Remote Access feature. The following is supported:

  • IPsec and SSL VPN with user authentication
  • Certificate authentication
  • Two-factor authentication using FortiToken

You can only download the free VPN client from FNDN or FortiClient.com.

For details, see Standalone VPN client.

Yes

SSL VPN only

Yes. FortiClient (macOS) does not support IPsec VPN IKEv2.

SSL VPN only

Vulnerability Scan

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Central management

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

24x7 support

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

In 6.4.0, you apply FortiClient licensing to EMS. EMS supports free and paid licensing models. See FortiClient EMS.