How to Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit


Installing Google Earth in Ubuntu is quite easy because there are .deb packages available for download in Google website. All Ubuntu users have to do is grab a .deb package and install it via Ubuntu Software Center.

However, the 64-bit .deb package requires ia32-libs, while the package is not available in Ubuntu 15.04 repositories.

The correct way to install these ia32-libs required package in 64-bit Ubuntu is to simply install the 32-bit package as well as its 32-bit dependencies, that’s how multiarch works.

Install Google Earth 7 in Ubuntu 15.04:

1. Select download “32 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)” from Google website, or at the link below:

Download Google Earth

2. For 32-bit user, just click the .deb package to open with Ubuntu Software Center and install it.

3. For 64-bit user, open terminal from the Dash, Application Menu, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below command to install dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libfontconfig1:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxrender1:i386 libxext6:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libglib2.0-0:i386 libsm6:i386

4. In file browser, right-click on the 32-bit .deb package you downloaded in step 1 and choose “open with Ubuntu Software Center”. When it opens, click install Google Earth:


When done, you should be able to launch the software from the Dash. Enjoy!


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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. This method doesn’t works in ubuntu 15.04 …

  2. Why would a 64bit user not install 64bit .deb? If so, the way instructions read is for 64bit user to use 32bit after they input code in terminal.

  3. doesn’t work. After installation, Googleearth is listed as not being installed. Is there any actual way to install?