Trying to install Google Earth on Ubuntu. You could just download the .deb file and run dpkg command, however I prefer to use it via a repo to make sure upgrades are installed as part of the system upgrades.

Google Earth
Google Earth Screenshot

Google Keys

Note: this should not be necessary if you have use the GoogleTalk plugin or similar package from the Google DEB Repo

cd /tmp/
sudo apt-key add

Add Google Earth Repo

sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list
#add the following line
deb stable main

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-earth-stable

NOTE: While this should be enough on 32bit versions of Ubuntu 14.04 unfortunately it turns out that there is a dependency problem with the 64bit version

Fix 64bit dependency issues

sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 lsb-core

The problem is even after the installation of the i368 libraries the .deb file from Google will still not install on 14.04 due to the missing dependency ia32-libs (which was removed). My solution was to download the 64bit .deb file from the link above and extract to a temporary folder and repackage on current system (without ia32-libs). If you find a more efficient way please let me know in the comments.

cd ~/tmp
mkdir google-earth-stable_current_amd64
mkdir google-earth-stable_current_amd64/DEBIAN
dpkg-deb -x google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb google-earth-stable_current_amd64/
dpkg-deb -e google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb google-earth-stable_current_amd64/DEBIAN
dpkg -b google-earth-stable_current_amd64
sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
rm -rf google-earth-stable_current_amd64*

You should now be able to run


Leo Gaggl

ict business owner specialising in mobile learning systems. interests: sustainability, internet of things, ict for development, open innovation, agriculture

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. falz

    Thank you- I think the one important thing that wasn’t spelled out is to edit “DEBIAN/control” and remove “ia32-libs” from the depends list before repackaging (dpkg -b)

  2. Leo Gaggl

    @falz: thanks for the comment. will update the article !

  3. Kim Holder

    I’ve struggled all day trying to get Google Earth to install properly on my Trusty Tahr 64 bit system. This is the closest I’ve gotten – but no cigar. It opens but crashes about 10 seconds later. I have an Nvidia Geforce 430 card – kind of old, running the proprietary binary, which has been more stable than Xorg for me. Don’t know what else to do now. Try again tomorrow I guess.

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