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I love the Google Earth program in windows, but what does it take to get it to run in Linux and on Ubuntu?

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To install Google Earth, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

For 32bit

wget http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb

For 64bit

wget http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb

Once the download is done, just do the 2 commands below:

sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable*.deb
sudo apt-get -f install
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For 64-bit 13.04 as of 28 Sep 2013, the Google Earth package seems to no longer install properly. –  Susan Sep 28 '13 at 11:49
@Susan then you need to file a bug with Google about that. –  Thomas W. Oct 15 '13 at 16:28
I found that I needed to install the package 'lsb-core' before I could get the above to work. By preceeding the dpkg command with aptitude install lsb-core I got the install to work smoothly. –  zrajm Apr 7 '14 at 0:54
Doesn't apt-get -f handles installing dependencies automatically? –  MestreLion May 30 '14 at 11:43

Just install Ubuntu Tweak and under the apps tab, you will find a link to install Google Earth directly.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned the "easy" (and also the "official") way:

  • Visit the Google Earth Website
  • Follow the instructions until you reach the Download and Agreement page
  • Download and open the .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu) that matches your architecture, either 32 or 64 bits. If not sure, or if you're using Ubuntu 13.10 onwards, choose the 32 bits.
  • It will open in Ubuntu Software Center. Click Install. Done :)

This is also a simpler version of the method recommended by Ubuntu Community Help Wiki on GoogleEarth. (simpler because lsb_core, as any other dependencies, are automatically installed by Software Center)

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