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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Apr. 30, 2018
DEI [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name FORTINET INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001262039  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2018  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Well Known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   168,097,115