Install the UFO

The Universal File Opener (UFO) is a Google Chrome extension. It enhances the Google Drive interface by allowing you to:

  • open the non-Google files locally on your computer in the corresponding application.
  • save the changes you have made locally on your computer directly in Google Drive.

The UFO is composed of a Google Chrome extension and a local Sync Client. They both have to be installed on your computer (Windows or macOS).

 Install the UFO extension for the first time
 Install the Sync Client on Windows
 Install the Sync Client on macOS
    Install the Sync Client on macOS Sierra



Install the UFO extension for the first time

If you already have the UFO extension installed on your Google Chrome Profile, go directly to the installation of the Sync Client section related to your OS:

1. Open the “Universal Files Opener - Chrome Extension” link.   
    The Google Chrome extension pop-up opens.

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2. Click the “Add extension” button.
    A pop-up appears to confirm the success of the installation.

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Install the Sync Client on Windows

Important: The 0.11.0 version will require you to install the Sync Client again, even if a previous version of the Sync Client has been installed on your computer.

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

  • Click on “Click here to download the synchronization client” in the notification pop-up displayed after the extension is active on your Google Chrome Profile.

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  • Click on the link available in the extension popup window

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2. Once downloaded, double-click the .msi file to open it.

3. Click the “Execute” button.

4. Read the Licence agreement and select the checkbox to accept the “Licence Agreement” and click the “Install” button.

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5. Click the “Finish” button.
    A notification confirms the Sync Client has been successfully installed.

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6. Open your Google Drive and start opening and editing non-native files.


Install the Sync Client on macOS

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

  • Click on “Click here to download the synchronization client” in the notification pop-up displayed after the version 0.11.0 is active on your Google Chrome Profile.

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  • Click on the link available in the extension popup window

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2. Once downloaded, double-click the .dmg file to open it.

3. Double-click on the UFO icon.

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4. Click on the “Open” button to finish the install.

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5. Open your Google Drive and start opening and editing non-native files.


Install the Sync Client 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 encounter the following error message when opening the Sync Client .dmg file.

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

1. Click 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. Click the “DiskImageMounter (default)” option.

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4. Click the “Open” button.

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5. Open your Google Drive and start opening and editing non-native files.

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