Install the Universal File Opener (UFO) đź‘˝

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

  • open non-Google files locally on your computer using the corresponding software
  • save the changes you made locally back to Google Drive

The UFO extension is composed of a Google Chrome extension and a local Sync Client. They both must 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
 Note about using both the Smartbar and Awesome Drive



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 popup opens.

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2. Press the Add extension button.
    A popup appears to confirm that UFO is installed.

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Install the Sync Client on Windows

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

  • Press Click here to download the synchronization client in the notification popup displayed when the UFO extension is active on your Google Chrome Profile.

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  • Press the download link available in the extension popup window.

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

3. Press the Execute button.

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

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5. Press the Finish button.
    A notification confirms that the Sync Client is installed.

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


Install the Sync Client on macOS

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

  • Press Click here to download the synchronization client in the notification popup displayed when UFO is active on your Google Chrome Profile.

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  • Press 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 the UFO icon.

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4. Press the Open button.

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

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


Note about using both the Smartbar and Awesome Drive

If you have both the Smartbar and Awesome Drive installed and active, UFO can't be initialized. This error message appears.

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It doesn't make sense to have both the Smartbar and Awesome Drive installed. The Smartbar has all the features of Awesome Drive, and more. You are therefore recommended to disabled the Awesome Drive extension on the page chrome://extensions.

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