This post is to summarize the steps to download and install Fortigate Firewall VM into your VMware workstation for your lab testing.

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Download VM

You will need to create your own account for Fortinet website to continue downloading VM images.

Please download VM start with FGT and not start with FOS. FOS-VMs are meant to work only in closed environments without Internet access. FOS-VMs license validation process is exclusively taken care of by the FortiMeter module of FortiManager, not by FortiGuard. Upon instantiation, a FOS-VM is provided with a permanent Serial Number. The FOS-VM license status is “Valid”, and is set with a “FortiMeter grace period” value of 1 hour. (From: FOS-VM License management, validation, and troubleshooting)

Launch VM into VMWare Workstation

Unzip download zip file:

You will get 2 VMDK disk files and 6 different OVF files.




FortiGate-VM system hard disk in VMDK format.


FortiGate-VM log disk in VMDK format.

Open Virtualization Format (OVF) template files


OVF template based on Intel e1000 NIC driver.


OVF template file for older (v3.5) VMware ESX server. This file will be deprecated in future releases.


OVF template file for VMware vmxnet2 driver.


OVF template file for VMware vmxnet3 driver.


OVF template file for VMware ESXi 6.5 and later versions.

  • FortiGate-VM64.hw14.ovf

OVF template file for VMware ESXi 6.7 and later versions.


OVF template file for VMware vSphere, vCenter, and vCloud.

Configuration Port 1 (Mgmt) Interface

After VM complete loaded, it might need to reboot it once then you will be prompted to login:
Default username : admin

Password: none
It will require you to change password right away after log in.
Initial Configuration for Port1 interface. From command line, set por1 a static ip to connect from your browser:

config system interface
edit port1
set mode static
set ip
append allowaccess http
Some commands to check interface and system status
  • Show system interface
  • Get system status
Web GUI Dashboard:
Set up default gateway:

config router static
edit 1
set device port1
set gateway

By Jon

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