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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2016
Aug. 01, 2016
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name AUTOBYTEL INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001023364  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   10,785,097
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2016  
Trading Symbol ABTL