Introduction: How to Install Google Earth in Linux With One Command

Installing software in Linux can be tricky sometimes for the beginners. In this instructable, you can install Google Earth with only one command.

Step 1: Installation

Just go to terminal, paste this command and press enter and it will download and install it for you:

wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin && chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin && ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin

It can't get any easier.

Comments

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admin (author)2008-06-13

This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

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longshanks66 (author)2017-01-26

This does not work for me.

once downloaded in terminal I'm told to type "googleearth" to launch well when I do this it reports back " unable to find command.

some advice please

regards

author

Longshanks66 - The "unable to find command" is a bash (or whatever command-line shell you are using) output. You usually find a compiled binary in the folder that it was compiled in. Sometimes when you download an installer/compiler it makes it's own folders, and you will usually find the compiled binary in THAT folder. IF the installer/compiler binary (unlikely though) copies the output-binary, in this case "googleearth", to /usr/bin/ or some other folder where the system usr has permissions to execute, then running "googleearth" with bash, will look in those folders and then execute it. Apparently not in this case. So. It's likely that you need to precede ./ to the command, thus: ./googleearth OR you could precede the command with /home/Longshanks66/googleearth.

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awbowman (author)2017-01-16

Well, that easy one step didn't work for me.

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OndraŽ1 (author)2016-12-26

That link has Google Earth for GNU/Linux 6.0.3.2197

While the download page leads to 7.1.7.2606-r0 (which can't install in my case)

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gnored (author)2016-09-14

Nothing is ever easy in Linus for a newbie. First, chmod is not allowed, so you get an error. Tried running the chmod with its own sudo. No joy. Tried from gui file manager. No joy. So the file is in my home directory, but I'm not allowed to use it. Finally got permissions changed (had to use a+x) on Mint 18. Tried running from terminal and from file manager. System asks what I want to use to "open" it. Sigh ...

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AlanP52 (author)2016-02-26

Wow that was too easy! I have been struggling for an hour going through all the Google links on how to install "Google earth on Linex" Than came to yous. Fantastic so easy.

Thank you

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edsoncosmejr (author)2015-11-14

ed@sarava ~ $ wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleE... && chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin && ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin
--2015-11-11 17:53:22-- http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleE...
Resolving dl.google.com (dl.google.com)... 189.6.76.157, 189.6.76.178, 189.6.76.152, ...
Connecting to dl.google.com (dl.google.com)|189.6.76.157|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 33688483 (32M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘GoogleEarthLinux.bin’

100%[======================================>] 33.688.483 128KB/s in 4m 53s

2015-11-11 17:58:16 (112 KB/s) - ‘GoogleEarthLinux.bin’ saved [33688483/33688483]

Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing Google Earth for GNU/Linux 6.0.3.2197.............................................................................................
loki_setup: Suspect size value for option option

loki_setup: Suspect size value for option option

loki_setup: Suspect size value for option option

Installing mimetypes...
Installing desktop menu entries...
Installing desktop icon...
/home/ed/googleearth: 18: exec: ./googleearth-bin: not found

so, what happens???

can i do something?

linux mint

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sureshbhavani (author)2015-10-14

Nice tutorial to install Google earth in
Linux , here are the links of Google earth offline Installer download I
got , I think it may help for Windows and Mac users

Download Google earth Offline Installer for windows , Mac , Linux

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NickyTelevision (author)2015-03-05

If you don't have yum it fails. It can get easier.

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greg0064 (author)NickyTelevision2015-03-17

It is easier, than using this guide. You just go to

http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html, google will check your user agent and automatically give you a link to the package that you need for your OS. If you aren't specifically using a distribution that doesn't have a GUI for installing packages then you will be able to install it with a couple clicks.

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sionghua (author)2015-01-31

Hi, how do I remove it after installing it this way? Just deleting the whole folder?

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raymond.terry.16 (author)2014-11-22

Your command, as shown, worked perfectly with Linux Mint 17 KDE. I appreciate your work and thanks, J.Dwyer / RaymondTerryAuthor.

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sanjeev.shahi.779 (author)2014-09-11

Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing Google Earth for GNU/Linux 6.0.3.2197.............................................................................................
This version of Google Earth requires LSB 4.0 support which you
do not seem to have.
./setup.sh: 285: [: missing ]
No passwd entry for user 'yum install redhat-lsb'
loki_setup: Suspect size value for option option

loki_setup: Suspect size value for option option

loki_setup: Suspect size value for option option

Installing mimetypes...
Installing desktop menu entries...
Installing desktop icon...

can anybody suggest the remedy.... please

I am using LINUX BOSS

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nerd7473 (author)2014-03-11

this will run on the pi as well right?

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Sassah122 (author)2013-05-13

it can get easier. You just speak a voice command

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mclancer (author)2013-02-03

Wow, lots of work for something that should be simple.
How about explaining what each part of the command means?
I'm thinking of installing Linux (played with and was impressed with a live CD), but
if I have to use the Terminal to install a program... I might as well re-install MS-DOS.
One thought, some are having problems but are using an outdated version of Ubuntu, eg v8.04 and v9.10., Have you ever thought that what you need to run Google Earth is probably part of a more resent version of your OS?

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csmith89 (author)2011-09-27

erm... would be great... but here is my result!

$ sudo wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin && chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin && ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin
[sudo] password:
--2011-09-27 13:57:31-- http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin
Resolving dl.google.com... 74.125.153.136
Connecting to dl.google.com|74.125.153.136|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 33688483 (32M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `GoogleEarthLinux.bin.2'

100%[======================================>] 33,688,483 37.9K/s in 15m 38s

2011-09-27 14:13:11 (35.1 KB/s) - `GoogleEarthLinux.bin.2' saved [33688483/33688483]

Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing Google Earth for GNU/Linux 6.0.3.2197.............................................................................................
setup.data/setup.xml:1: parser error : Document is empty

^
setup.data/setup.xml:1: parser error : Start tag expected, '<' not found

^
Couldn't load 'setup.data/setup.xml'
$

any ideas please, using (x)ubuntu?

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csmith89 (author)csmith892011-09-27

found another way to do it!
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-google-earth.html

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jj.inc (author)2011-08-23

Awesome, wait, what, you don't have to use any commands in windows or mac? (don't get technical please) you just drag it or double click, HOLY CRAP I WISH I FOUND THIS OUT SOONER, DOUBLE CLICK INSTALLATIONS ARE AMAZING.
lol ;)

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Rossky (author)2009-03-28

You say "It can't get any easier"! You're joking? I am new to Linux and it's taken me an hour to find out how to install Google Earth. On my Windows pc it took 1 minute. I am using the latest Ubuntu distro and it's really good but until new progs are easier to install Linux will always fail (cf Windows) But anyway, thank you for your help

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cris1133 (author)Rossky2009-11-01

Ubuntu is NOT for newbies!!!!!!! Get linux mint which comes with a software manager.

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Xzaos (author)cris11332010-10-20

Anyone can use Ubuntu so long as they're willing to spend a few hours on the internet finding out how it works. I'd never used anything but Windows before I installed Ubuntu and I'm managing fine.

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JB1138 (author)Rossky2009-05-09

Click on applications-> Accessories-> terminal. now go to the web site copy the command (wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin && chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin && ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin
) by pressing Ctrl+C then paste it into the terminal window with Shift+Ctrl+V and it does it for you like it says it can't get any easier.

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The_Admiral (author)2010-08-09

I tried copying and pasting the command, and it worked; google earth installed ok, but it won't run. The initial run from the terminal said that it crashed, and when I try to run it from the applications->internet menu, it shows up for a split second as initializing, and then it disappears. I am running Ubuntu 9.10 . Please Help!!!

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rahulsharma (author)2010-07-01

I am using redhat 5.2 and unable to start google earth after following your instructions. when i type googleearth this was the output ./googleearth-bin: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9' not found (required by ./libgoogleearth_free.so) ./googleearth-bin: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9' not found (required by ./libbase.so) ./googleearth-bin: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9' not found (required by ./libsgutil.so) ./googleearth-bin: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9' not found (required by ./libIGGfx.so) pleas help me thanks

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billrandle (author)2010-04-24

Works for me! Thanks. You da Man. (if you're a man".

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Shacoria (author)2010-03-28

how do I delete google earth?

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linkmaster03 (author)2008-11-11

You aren't "installing" anything like you say. Just downloading a binary, making it executable, and running it...

Try:

wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin && sudo mv GoogleEarthLinux.bin /usr/bin/googleearth && sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/googleearth && googleearth

And then you can run it with 'googleearth' command from then on.

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85+ (author)linkmaster032010-01-17

Your advice on installing GE on ubuntu worked first shot!
Copied the wget line,-pasted it in fresh terminal,.pressed enter -voila !!
This ended months of frustrating attempts to load GE and reliance on windows XP..
The only (minor) problems are slow loading and location names missing some letters. Will add ram to see if it helps.
Many thanks






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donaldshelton (author)2010-01-09

I simply  copied and pasted what the poster said, then I deleted what was obviously not part of the command, and voila!! 

Google Earth is in the applications menu under internet, and it works great!!

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littlechef37 (author)2009-03-10

Google earth is in the repositories, its just as easy to install from the add/remove programs app (or whatever yours is called, mine is called mintinstall), and this way it is updated with your system.

author

I couldnt find it in the repositories

author

have you tried "sudo apt-get install google-earth" (without quotes) ?

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magnus0 (author)littlechef372009-03-11

But the repos don't always contain the latest software.

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m005k (author)2008-08-31

I installed as you said. If I click on the Google icon, I get Google Earth splash screen then my system crashes and restarts. Any idea what's wrong? I'm using Ubuntu 8.04

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Cann0n (author)m005k2008-11-16

might be a problem with X and your configurations. Ubuntu has automated configuration, in which isn't the best. You may require 3d rendering with it and when it kicks on, it crashes X. Not sure why it would restart your computer. Ubuntu is one of the lesser stable distros.

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magnus0 (author)m005k2008-09-01

Strange. It works for me. Try to install again. Maybe your system is corrupted?

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Cann0n (author)2008-11-16

technically it's three commands and not installing it, just dumping it in your $HOME. it's

For Slackware:
wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin && wget http://slackbuilds.org/slackbuilds/12.1/multimedia/GoogleEarth.tar.gz && tar xvfz GoogleEarth.tar.gz && rm GoogleEarth.tar.gz && cp GoogleEarthLinux.bin ~/GoogleEarth && chmod +x ~/GoogleEarth/GoogleEarth.SlackBuild && cd ~/GoogleEarth/ && sudo ./GoogleEarth.SlackBuild && sudo installpkg /tmp/GoogleEarth-4.3.7204.836-i486-1_SBo

Of course, the installpkg command is version specific and it will ask for a sudo password, assuming you have your sudoers proper.