Objective

The objective is to install Google Earth on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux desktop

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: - Google Earth 7.3 or higher

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Instructions

Install Prerequisites

We will be using gdebi to install the Google Earth package on our system. gdebi ensures that there are no hassles during the installation as it will also automatically fetch all package prerequisites. In case gdebi is not installed yet on your system you can install it by:
$ sudo apt install gdebi-core wget

Download Google Earth Package

Next step is to download Google Earth installation package. You can achieve that by by using the wget command:
$ wget https://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-pro-stable_current_amd64.deb
After execution of the above command you should find Google Earth's installation package within your home directory:
$ ls google-earth-pro-stable_current_amd64.deb 
google-earth-pro-stable_current_amd64.deb

Install Google Earth

Lastly, use the gdebi command to install Google Earth on Ubuntu 18.04. When prompted answer y:
$ sudo gdebi google-earth-pro-stable_current_amd64.deb 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree        
Reading state information... Done
Reading state information... Done

Explore, search and discover the planet
 Google Earth lets you fly anywhere to see satellite imagery, 3D buildings, 3D trees, terrain, Street View, planets and much more.
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y

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Start Google Earth

To start Google Earth application you can either run:
$ google-earth-pro
from your terminal or search your start menu:

Google Earth - Ubuntu 18.04 - Start
Click on Google Earth icon to start the application.


Google Earth - Ubuntu 18.04
Google Earth on Ubuntu 18.04
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