The File Extensions Database

.GLINK File Extension

  • Developer by: Google
  • Category: Misc Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .GLINK file?

.GLINK is Google Drive External File Shortcut

File used by Google Drive cloud storage service; created by the Google Drive desktop client and contains a shortcut to a file that is linked to the Google Drive account but is stored in a non-Google Drive cloud location; acts as a shortcut and opens the referenced file in the user's Web browser when double clicked.

GLINK files are stored in the special Google Drive folder after the Google desktop client is installed. The folder automatically synchronizes all shortcuts with the Google Drive account.

NOTE: GLINK files are often used by third-party Drive apps for providing shortcuts to files stored outside of Google Drive.

Programs that open Google Drive External File Shortcut
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive

How to solve problems with GLINK files

  • Associate the GLINK file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any GLINK file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.GLINK files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the GLINK file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .GLINK is Google Drive External File Shortcut. Because only the current version supports the latest GLINK file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Google manufacturer website after an available .GLINK is Google Drive External File Shortcut update.
  • To make sure that your GLINK file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.