I am running Ubuntu 12.04. As you might know Google Earth 7 doesn't work in Ubuntu 12.04 yet.

I installed Google Earth via make-googleearth-package --force command. My installation was successful. At the beginning everything was working fine. But after some days I had a problem. When I type in "Fly to" box a city I wanted to search for it. It gives me "invalid HTTP request" error as seen in the picture:

Google-Earth picture

How to solve?

P.S: I removed and reinstalled it but problem still persists. I can search globe via mouse only.

2 Answers 2


This is due to an old libcurl version, that seems to cause the trouble. If you already have libcurl on your system (and I am pretty sure Ubuntu 12.04 has), you can simply rename the libcurl coming with Google Earth like this:

sudo mv /usr/lib/googleearth/libcurl.so.4 /usr/lib/googleearth/backup_libcurl.so.4

And the problem should be gone (the path in my Linux Mint and probably other distributions is /opt/google/earth/free/libcurl.so.4).

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    This also solved the same issue on Fedora 18 withgoogleearth 6.0.3 (except the earth version of libcurl was in a slightly different place - /usr/lib/googleearth/libcurl.so.4) THanks
    – user177629
    Jul 23, 2013 at 11:41
  • Doesn't work. stiil waiting an answer. Thank you. @bytefish Jul 29, 2013 at 19:32
  • That surprises me. Which curl version is Ubuntu 12.04 shipped with?
    – user176800
    Jul 29, 2013 at 19:37
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    that worked for me on LMDE UP6 Aug 9, 2013 at 20:18
  • Thanks Andy Paterson. I tried the same solution as you mentioned for Fedora ( /usr/lib/googleearth/libcurl.so.4 ) it worked like a charm for my Ubuntu 12.04 distro. @AndyPaterson Sep 21, 2013 at 20:23

I suddenly started seeing this error after running several updates. I tried a number of things unsuccessfully and finally updated GE to 7.1 - it couldn't hurt. Problem went bye bye! I hope this works for you.

  • This worked for me too. Reminds me that sometimes manually installed programs need to be updated.
    – James
    Mar 2, 2014 at 3:23

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