UPDATE: See How to Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 10.04 for up-to-date instructions!
Google Earth puts the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. There’s a native Linux port of the latest version, Google Earth 5.
Here’s how you can easily install Google Earth on Ubuntu.
Install Google Earth
- Download and save the Google Earth installer for Linux.
- The file you downloaded should be called
GoogleEarthLinux.bin. Find this file, right mouse click on it and select
Open with Other Application.
- Click to expand the
Use a custom commandsection of the
Open Withdialog. Type
sh, and click
- The Google Earth installer will decompress itself, and in a few seconds the
Google Earth Setupwindow should open. The default options should be fine, so click
Begin Installto continue.
- Once the installation is finished, click
Quitto close the installer, and press return to close the terminal that the installer opened. Start Google Earth from the
If Google Earth opens, shows the splash screen, and then crashes, you’re
probably experiencing a common issue. Running
~/google-earth/googleearth in a
terminal will show this
./googleearth-bin: relocation error: /usr/lib/i686/cmov/libssl.so.0.9.8: symbol BIO_test_flags, version OPENSSL_0.9.8 not defined in file libcrypto.so.0.9.8 with link time reference
To fix this, browse to the folder you installed Google Earth into. By default
this will be
google-earth in your home folder. Find the file
libcrypto.so.0.9.8 and rename it to something else, like
libcrypto.so.0.9.8.bak. Google Earth should now start correctly. [related