Brief: This tutorial shows you how to install Google Earth on Ubuntu Linux, 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.
Note: Google Earth stopped support for 32 bit architecture on Linux, so these steps won’t work if you run a 32-bit system. You can find the .deb file for the last supported version on their download page for older releases.
Method 1: Installing Google Earth on Ubuntu via GUI
To install Google Earth easily, follow these steps.
Go to the Google Earth download page. Download the Google Earth package (.deb) for Debian/Ubuntu.
Double-click on the downloaded package and it will open in the software center. Click on the install button. If it opens in archive manager, you can easily fix that deb file issue in Ubuntu 20.04.
Method 2: Installing Google Earth via the terminal
If you prefer the command-line way, simply fire up a terminal and run these commands:
cd /temp mkdir google-earth && cd google-earth wget https://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable*.deb
And there, you’ve got Google Earth installed on your Ubuntu 20.04.
You can just search for “Google Earth” from the applications to launch it or simply enter the following command in your terminal:
Installing Google Earth in Ubuntu 16.04 (old deprecated method)
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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