I am using ubuntu 12.04 lts and i want to install google earth so I went onto it's official site and downloaded the 64bit.deb package. When i typed:

sudo apt-get install google-earth-stable

In the terminal, everything went alright and it opened too, but the fly-to feature wont work. So I asked it on askubuntu.com and here is the link to it: How Do I Search In Google Earth?

I did what it said and it fixed it. but I cannot even open google earth after I shut it down. What can I do to make it work.

  • 1
    Try to follow this answer for the 32 bit Google earth.
    – Parto
    Mar 7, 2014 at 16:24
  • try to open google earth from the command line with sudo.
    – Daniel
    Mar 7, 2014 at 16:25

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To be sincere I haven't used Google Earth for a while but after I repeat some steps that you've done I experienced some issues with version 6 too. I'm also running 12.04 and this what I did to fix this:

Remove everything that belongs to Google Earth currently installed, I advise you to use Synaptic open it and type Google Earth click on marked item area and from pop up menu choose complete removal after it removed close Synaptic.

Now open a terminal Ctrl+Alt+T and run:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get autoremove

(let it to remove listed packages)

Now go to your /home press Ctrl+H find folders .cache and .config search for Google Earth in them and delete everything, for now we're done.

Go back to terminal and install gdebi:

sudo apt-get install gdebi

Ok, now download Google Earth 7.deb file, when download is done, type in terminal:

sudo gdebi /home/yourname/Downloads/packagename.deb

hit Enter then type y and hit Enter again.

or go manually to a downloaded file directory and on a file mouse right click and choose install with gdebi in opened window click install package and agree to whatever comes out. Done.

When installation has been completed reboot the system, for some reasons I also experienced loading issues with Google Earth to start, so after a clean restart everything works perfectly fine, I closed it and opened it twice, it starts without problems and the search bar works too.

This workout works on 12.04 perfectly, so good luck!

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