Install UFO or AFO

The Universal File Opener (UFO) and the AODocs File Opener (AFO) are Google Chrome extensions.

  • UFO is used in AODocs libraries using Google Drive
  • AFO is used in AODocs libraries using Google Cloud Storage or Azure Blob storage

Learn more:


What are the components of the UFO/AFO extension?

The UFO/AFO extension has the following components.

1. UFO/AFO Google Chrome extension

The extension can be:

2. Installer package and local Sync Client

The installer package installs the local Sync Client. It can be:

Note: The installer package is fully forward compatible: all versions of UFO/AFO work with previous versions of the installer package.

The local Sync Client is installed automatically by the installer package.

Note: You can upgrade the local Sync Client whenever needed, but it doesn't need to be in sync with the UFO/AFO extension or the installer package.


This article describes how to install UFO/AFO as an individual user.

Install the UFO/AFO extension
Download the installer package and install the Sync Client
          Install the Sync Client on Windows
          Install the Sync Client on macOS
          Install the Sync Client on macOS Sierra
Refresh the UFO/AFO connection with Sync Client

Install the UFO/AFO extension

1. You can:

Alternatively, in AODocs, access a feature that requires the UFO/AFO extension.

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Opening a PDF attachment in an AODocs library using Google Drive: UFO installation pop-up

The Google Chrome extension pop-up opens.

2. Press Add to Chrome.

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UFO Google Chrome extension pop-up

3. A pop-up opens to request confirmation that you want to install UFO/AFO. Press Add extension.

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UFO confirmation request

A pop-up opens to confirm that UFO has been added to Chrome.


Download the installer package and install the Sync Client

On Windows

1. To install the Sync Client on Windows, use one of these options:

  • Press Click here to download the synchronization client in the pop-up displayed when the UFO/AFO extension is active on your Google Chrome Profile.

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  • Press the link available in the UFO/AFO extension pop-up.

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2. When the download is complete, double-click the .msi file to open it.

3. Press the Execute button.

4. Read the license agreement and select the checkbox to accept the agreement, then press the Install button.

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License agreement pop-up for UFO installer package and Sync Client

5. Press the Finish button. A message confirms that the installer package and Sync Client are installed.

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Confirmation messages for UFO

6. You can now open and edit non-Google files in:

  • Google Drive – in the case of UFO
  • AODocs – in the case of UFO or AFO

On macOS

1. To install the Sync Client on macOS, choose one of these options:

  • Press Click here to download the synchronization client in the pop-up displayed when UFO/AFO is active on your Google Chrome Profile.

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  • Press the link available in the UFO/AFO extension pop-up.

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2. When the download is complete, double-click the .dmg file to open it.

3. Double-click the UFO button.

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UFO installation launcher

4. Press the Open button to finish the installation.

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Pop-up to confirm request to install UFO 

5. You can now open and edit non-Google files in:

  • Google Drive – in the case of UFO
  • AODocs – in the case of UFO or AFO

On macOS Sierra

Important: As a macOS Sierra user, if your security preferences allow only the installation of applications from the App Store, you will get the following error message when opening the Sync Client .dmg file.

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If you have this error message, you must authorize the UFO extension installation:

1. Press the drop-down arrow of the .dmg file and select the Show in Finder option.

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2. Right-click the .dmg file and select the Open with option.

3. Select the DiskImageMounter (default) option.

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4. Press the Open button to finish the installation.

5. You can now open and edit non-Google files in:

  • Google Drive – in the case of UFO
  • AODocs – in the case of UFO or AFO

Refresh the UFO/AFO connection with the Sync Client

1. In Chrome, press the UFO/AFO extension button next to the URL bar. The UFO/AFO extension pop-up opens.

2. Press the Refresh connection button. 

3. Press Refresh. This refreshes the UFO/AFO connection with the Sync Client and the page is reloaded.

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AFO extension pop-up showing the Refresh connection button

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