Installing Google earth under Ubuntu

October 2016

Google Earth can be installed on Ubuntu distribution of Linux operating system with more than one method. Google Earth can be downloaded in the home directory before installing it on Ubuntu distribution of the Linux operating system. Alternatively, the Medibuntu repositories source software may be used to download and install Google Earth on Ubuntu. The Medibuntu repositories have to be used because Google Earth is not set as a default download under Ubuntu. The aptitude install command can be used to install Google Earth under Ubuntu. Sudo privileges will be required to do so.

Installing Google Earth

Below are two methods for installing Google Earth under Ubuntu.

Method 1

  • Download Google Earth
  • Save it in your home directory.
  • 1.1.2. Making the file executable
  • Type chmod + x. / GoogleEarthLinux.bin
  • 1.1.3. Start the installation
  • Type: sudo. / GoogleEarthLinux.bin and follow the installation (you can leave the defaults)
  • 1.1.4. Add shortcut in the main menu
  • Menu "System"> "Preferences"> "Main Menu".
  • Choose one of the menus (for example, "Education") and click on "New Item".
  • Type: Application
  • Name: Google Earth
  • Command: / usr / local / bin / googleearth
  • For the icon, click "No icon" and enter: / opt / google-earth / googleearth-icon.png
  • Confirm everything.

Google Earth has now been added to our menu.
  • 1.2 Uninstall Google Earth
  • 1. Remove the directory / opt / google-earth and everything in it.
  • 2. Delete the shortcut / usr / local / bin / googleearth
  • 3. Delete the preferences directory ~ /. Googleearth

Method 2

Google Earth is not set as default under Ubuntu, but in the Medibuntu repositories
  • 2.1. Add Medibuntu Repositories source software
  • Add this source for Ubuntu Hardy:
  • deb hardy free non-free
  • or this one for Ubuntu Intrepid
  • deb intrepid free non-free
  • via "System"> "Administration"> "Software Sources"
  • It must then import the authentication key: for this, type: wget-q-O-| sudo apt-key add --
  • Refresh the list of software: sudo aptitude update
  • 2.2. Install Google Earth
  • Open a terminal and type: sudo aptitude install googleearth-4.3
  • Once installation completed, the shortcut is in the "Application"> "Internet".
  • 2.3. Uninstall Google Earth
  • Just type sudo aptitude remove googleearth-4.3 or sudo aptitude purge googleearth-4.3 for removing the configuration files directory.

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