I downloaded and installed Google Earth 6 64-bit from its website. And then like many users, I also encountered the ugly fonts on starting the app. I've tried installing lsb-core and ttf-mscorefonts-installer, but I found that both are already installed. Could someone help me fix this?


I've just installed Xubuntu 11.10 on my 64-bit machine, and downloaded and installed the 64-bit .deb package for Google earth 6.2, and had the same problem with the awful font.

I followed the instructions on page http://omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/01/how-to-make-google-earth-look-native-in-ubuntu, and they solved the problem. To paraphrase:

  • First, close Google Earth if it's running.
  • In a terminal emulator, give the following commands:
    • cd /opt/google/earth/
    • sudo rm libcurl.so.4 libGLU.so.1 libnss_mdns4_minimal.so.2 libQtCore.so.4 libQtGui.so.4 libQtNetwork.so.4 libQtWebKit.so.4
  • Use any editor to edit file /opt/google/earth/googleearth -- but you have to do it as a root, so for instance, the following command from a terminal emulator would work:
    • sudo nano /opt/google/earth/googleearth
  • Now add the line export LD_PRELOAD=libfreeimage.so.3 as the second last line of file googleearth -- that is, just before the line LD_LIBRARY_PATH=.:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ./googleearth-bin "$@" -- and save the file.
  • Obtain the file libfreeimage.so.3 (removed broken link) Edit: Since the link is broken you can obtain the file in this package

  • If your machine is 64-bit, download the file libphonon.so.4 (removed broken link) Edit: Since the link is broken you can obtain the file in this package

  • In a terminal emulator, give the following commands (the ones concerning libphonon.so.4 only if your machine is 64-bit):
    • cd /opt/google/earth/
    • sudo cp ~/Downloads/libfreeimage.so.3 .
    • sudo cp ~/Downloads/libphonon.so.4 .
    • sudo chmod a+x libfreeimage.so.3
    • sudo chmod a+x libphonon.so.4
    • sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libqtwebkit4
  • Restart Google Earth. The fonts should now look normal.
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    Installing the microsoft fonts fixes this, too. And it is way less complicated. – mniess Mar 26 '12 at 19:53
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    Well, the person who asked the question did say that they had lsb-core and ttf-mscorefonts-installer already installed, and that obviously didn't help with the problem. – Teemu Leisti Mar 31 '12 at 1:16
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    deleting all those files ruined google earth stable in 12.04 don't try it. – Joshua Robison Dec 5 '12 at 12:07
home --> .config --> Google --> GoogleEarthPlus.conf. 

Also set this entry:



GuiFontFamily=DejaVu Sans




in this GoogleEarthPlus.conf

Any changes in this file don't work, but the fonts with Arial work. Does anyone know how to change the font to a readable font, but without to use the fonts like Arial, Times Roman? Use Open Source fonts for example Liberation Serif

Set the a picture in attachment to show you the unreadable font in Google Earth

Hey check out this for more clarification


This is fixed by installing windows fonts and one extra package:

sudo apt-get install lsb-core ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Next time you run Google Earth it will look fine.

  • Should be: ttf-mscorefonts-installer – david6 Jun 7 '12 at 22:13

I've found that logging out/rebooting sorts the ugly fonts out.

  • I did logging out and rebooting too. But the problem persists. – Pawan Neupane May 9 '11 at 18:33

What helped me was installing the following packages: xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi

I got the hint from this thread on Ubuntuforums.org: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1790776

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