Authorizations for UFO

The Universal File Opener (UFO) is a Google Chrome extension. It allows 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

This article explains the authorizations you need to grant for UFO when used with AODocs and as a standalone extension. 

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Authorizations when using UFO for the first time

– If your Google Workspace admins has
deployed the Universal File Opener to your domain, you don't need to authorize UFO to access you Google Drive. 
– If you have already authorized UFO to access your Drive using UFO 8.0 or below, you aren’t required to do so again.

If UFO is not deployed to your entire domain, you must grant the Drive scope to UFO the first time you use it.

The first time you open a file in AODocs, the following prompt opens and you must click Grant permissions to grant the Drive scope to UFO. This is a prerequisite for authentication.

Learn more : Permissions required by UFO.


Authorizations for standalone UFO

UFO is fully compatible with the Smartbar and AODocs. However, you can also use UFO as a standalone extension. This section explains the authorizations you need to grant the first time you use the standalone UFO extension.

Important: You can't use AFO as a standalone extension. Learn more: What are the UFO and AFO extensions?

If you're using UFO without the Smartbar or AODocs, you're prompted to give permissions when you use UFO for the first time.

Note: If you have the Smartbar installed or if you're using UFO with AODocs or Awesome Drive, UFO is automatically authorized after installing it. You won't be prompted to grant authorizations for UFO.


Click Allow to grant permissions to use UFO.

Learn more: Permissions required by the Universal File Opener (UFO).

If you’re using several Google Accounts in the same Chrome session and you don’t want to give permissions to UFO for the current account, click Never for this account.

Note: If you subsequently install the Smartbar for this account, UFO will automatically be authorized. You won't see the authorization prompt, but UFO will be active and authorized for this account.

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