Learn the Right Way to Install Google Earth for Linux

Planet Earth Against Black Background
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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 select.   

You can place clickable markers on the 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. For Windows, Mac OS, and Linux users who don't use Chrome, however, a free download of the previous version of Google Earth is still available.

The Google Earth download system requirement for Linux is LSB 4.1 (Linux Standard Base) libraries.

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Go to the Google Earth Website

Google Earth Website

It isn't as easy to find the downloads as it used to be.

  1. Go to the download site for Google Earth, where you can download Google Earth Pro for Linux, Windows, and Mac computers.
  2. Read Google Earth's privacy policy and terms of service.
  3. Click the Agree and Download button.
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Download Google Earth for Linux

Download Google Earth Debian Package

After you click on Agree and Download, Google automatically downloads the version of the software for your operating system. 

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Choose the Download Location

Google Earth Download

A dialogue window might appear asking where you want the Google Earth package to be saved on your computer.

Unless you have a reason to store the file somewhere other than the default folder, simply click the Save button.

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Install the Package

Install Google Earth

To install Google Earth on your Linux computer:

  1. Open the file manager and navigate to the Downloads folder.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded package
  3. Click the Install Package button to install Google Earth on your Linux system.