Brief: This tutorial shows you how to install Google Earth on Ubuntu 16.04, via GUI and via command line.
Google Earth is a virtual globe that lets you travel anywhere sitting right in front of your desk. You can explore any place on earth (even in 3D) and also beyond earth. You can explore the surface of Moon and Mars, and explore the stars in the night sky.
One of our readers has informed us that he’s facing difficulties installing Google Earth on his Ubuntu 16.04 system. So, here we are with the installation guide for Google Earth on Ubuntu 16.04.
Installing Google Earth in Ubuntu 16.04
There was a time Linux distros were for nerds. They almost always had to type a bunch of commands to get various things done. But over the years, with the contribution of people all over the world, those days are gone. Now we are able to do almost everything from the graphical interface. But for those who feel more comfortable in terminal windows (count me in), we’ve included command-line installation guide as well.
Install Google Earth via GUI
- First of all, make sure the package database is up-to-date. Run this command in terminal:
sudo apt update
- For a smooth installation experience, install GDebi:
sudo apt install gdebi
Suggested Read: How to use GDebi As Default Package Installer In Ubuntu.
The reason installing Google Earth on Ubuntu 16.04 is somewhat troubling is that some of the packages it needs as dependencies are not available on Ubuntu 16.04 official repository. So, first we have to install them manually:
- Go to pkgs.org.
- Search and download the following packages according to your CPU architecture. Read this post to find out if you have 32 bit or 64 bit Ubuntu system.
- lsb-invalid-mta :
- lsb-security :
- lsb-core :
- lsb-invalid-mta :
- Double-click on the downloaded packages. GDebi Package Installer window will open. Click on Install Package.
- Follow the instructions and complete installing the three downloaded packages.
Installing Google Earth
- Go to Google Earth downloading page.
- Download the Google Earth package according to your CPU architecture (64bit/32bit).
- Double-click on the downloaded package.
- After finishing installing Google Earth package, you’re good to go.
Install Google Earth via Command-line
Fire up a terminal window and run these commands one after another:
# for 64 bit systems
cd /tmp mkdir google-earth && cd google-earth wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-invalid-mta_4.1+Debian11ubuntu8_all.deb wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-security_4.1+Debian11ubuntu8_amd64.deb wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-core_4.1+Debian11ubuntu8_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i *.deb sudo apt -f install wget https://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable*.deb
# for 32 bit systems
cd /tmp mkdir google-earth && cd google-earth wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-invalid-mta_4.1+Debian11ubuntu8_all.deb wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-security_4.1+Debian11ubuntu8_i386.deb wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lsb/lsb-core_4.1+Debian11ubuntu8_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i *.deb sudo apt -f install wget https://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable*.deb
And there you are with Google Earth installed on your Ubuntu 16.04.
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