Permissions required by the Universal File Opener (UFO)

The Universal File Opener (UFO) is a Google Chrome extension. It enhances the Google Drive and AODocs experience 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 or AODocs

When installing the Universal File Opener (UFO), end users are asked to grant permissions on their Google Account. Learn more: Install the Universal File Opener (UFO).

Important: All the permissions listed below are subject to change in future UFO versions, depending on the requirements for new features, technical changes or new Chrome APIs. When a new version of UFO requires additional permissions, users will be prompted to authorize the new permissions before activating the new version.

The table below lists the permissions requested by UFO and the reason why they are required:

Read and change your data on

Allows UFO to add a new action button, on hover on your Google Drive items, to let you edit them with your local software programs.

Read and change your data on

The extension can add UFO features to your Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Drawings interfaces.

Display notifications

Allows UFO to create and show rich notifications in your system tray, such as the status of file synchronization and information when attempting to open a locked file.

Communicate with cooperating websites

Allows our OAuth2 authentication page to securely communicate with the extension.

When UFO is used in the AODocs user interface, allows communication with the extension to let you open your AODocs attachments with your local software programs.

Communicate with cooperating native application

Allows the extension to communicate with its local application launcher agent (UFO Sync Client), to start the appropriate application when opening a file from Google Drive or from the AODocs user interface.

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