How to Install Google Earth 7 (or 6) in Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit

October 8, 2014 — 8 Comments

Google Earth Ubuntu 14.10

It’s easy to install Google Earth in a 32-bit Ubuntu machine. But 64-bit Ubuntu fails to install the official package due to the package dependencies ia32-libs is not available since Ubuntu 14.04.

A work-around is to install the 32-bit package in 64-bit Ubuntu and resolve the package dependencies manually.

Google Earth 7 in Ubuntu 14.10

Install Google Earth 7 in Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit:

1. First download the “32 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)” package from the earth.google.com:

Download Google Earth 32-bit .deb

2. During the downloading process, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit run to install required libraries (thanks to webupd8):

sudo apt-get install libfontconfig1:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxrender1:i386 libxext6:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libglib2.0-0:i386 libsm6:i386

Type in your user password when it asks, note that there’s no visual feed back.

3. Now install the downloaded package via Software Center, Gdebi, or by running below command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

When done, start Google Earth from Unity dash or application menu and enjoy!

Install Google Earth 6 in Ubuntu 14.10:

If for some reason you want to install the old Google Earth 6 in Ubuntu (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Follow the steps below:

1. First click the link below to install the package googleearth-package, a utility to automatically build a debian package of Google Earth:

Click Install googleearth-package

2. Once installed, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to run the utility:

make-googleearth-package --force

The utility will automatically download the Google Earth 6 package from its official website and generate a .deb package installer from it.

3. Once the utility finished, you can see the new .deb package in your user home folder and install it via Ubuntu Software Center. Or run below command instead:

sudo dpkg -i googleearth_*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

(Optional) To uninstall Google Earth 6 or 7 run command:

sudo dpkg -r googleearth google-earth-stable

Enjoy!

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8 responses to How to Install Google Earth 7 (or 6) in Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit

  1. Thanks for the tutorial that allowed me to install Google Earth 6.0.1.2397 32 bit on a small configuration so that I could no longer install Google Earth 7 for lack of resources.
    Installation happened as stated above, note in the terminal indicated:
    dpkg: des problèmes de dépendances empêchent la configuration de googleearth :
    googleearth dépend de libfreeimage3 ; cependant :
    Le paquet libfreeimage3 n’est pas installé.
    Everything was supported until the end.

    • For the dpkg output:

      dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of PACKAGE:
      PACKAGE depends on xxx ; however:
      Package xxx is not installed.

      We can run command:

      sudo apt-get -f install

      It will install the dependencies automatically if available. Or the PACKAGE, googleearth in the case, will be removed. And libfreeimage3 is available in Ubuntu universe repository.

      http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=libfreeimage3

      • Everything is done automatically, it was just mentioned in the terminal for the missing packet.
        I performed the orders proposed in the tutorial.

  2. Hey! I installed version 7 on 14.04 as shown, but it is warning me for unsupported graphics card. Google Earth is crashing or displaying black output.

  3. Thank You for the installation guide for google earth 6. It does function propper with 14.10 and hp6930. Long tme didn’t have this performance, because i am too stupid,lol. Love and Light

  4. thank you for guide, but i got /usr/lib/googleearth/googleearth-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libGL.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory error message when i ran goggleearth. any help ?

  5. It works. Thank you. I only need that GE shows Panoramio pictures…

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