How to Install Google Earth for Ubuntu

Use this virtual globe app to browse the world from your desktop

Screenshot of Google Earth running in Ubuntu Linux
Jon Fisher

Google Earth is a virtual globe that shows the planet from a bird's-eye view using satellite imagery. With Google Earth on your Linux computer, you can search for a location and use the virtual camera to zoom in and view a top-down image of the location you selected.

You can place clickable markers on the Google Earth globe, and view borders, roads, buildings, and weather forecasts. You can even measure areas on the ground, use GIS to import features, and print high-resolution screenshots.

Google Earth Web App vs. Download

In 2017, Google released a new version of Google Earth as a web application exclusively for the Chrome browser. This new version doesn't require a download and offers better support for Linux.

However, for Windows, macOS, and Linux users who don't use Chrome, a free download of the previous version of Google Earth is still available.

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Download the Google Earth Setup File

Screenshot showing how to download Google Earth in Linux

Jon Fisher

The best way to download Google Earth is directly from Google's website:

  1. Visit the Google Earth download page.
  2. Check the box next to the privacy policy confirming that you have read it and agree to it.
  3. Choose the correct download package for your Ubuntu installation.
  4. Click Agree and Download.
  5. Click Save File or Save.
  6. If asked, pick a folder as the location for your setup file.
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Install Google Earth in Ubuntu

Screenshot of the Google Earth installation window in Linux

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The steps to install Google Earth are very straightforward:

  1. Double-click the download file.
  2. Click Install in Ubuntu Software Center.
  3. Wait for the progress bar to fill up.
  4. If asked for your password, enter it and click Authenticate.

Google Earth can be opened from your list of applications or by searching for it.