How to Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) 22

Ubuntu Maverick ImageThis simple and brief tutorial shows you how to install and use Google Earth in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. If you’re currently using Google Earth in Windows or other systems and want to do the same in Ubuntu, then this tutorial will show you how to accomplish that. As with our previous tutorials, this one should be quick and easy and new users to Ubuntu will appreciate it.


Getting started:


To get started, go to Ubuntu Software Center from Ubuntu’s launcher.




Then search for and install googleearth-package




Also install lsb-core




After installing the two programs above, press Ctrl – Alt – T  on your keyboard to open Terminal. When Terminal opens, type the command below to install Google Earth Package.

sudo make-googleearth-package --force



Wait for Google Earth Package to finish downloading. Then go to your Home Folder.




Double click googleearth_6.x.x.x.deb




Click Install




If Google Earth Package will not install via Ubuntu Software Center, open Terminal and run the command below:

sudo dpkg -i googleearth_6.x.x.deb







If for some reasons the fonts are not showing ok, install this program and try again.

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

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22 thoughts on “How to Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

      • Zoidberg

        It has nothing to do with Qt, it is Google’s fault. Look for example at Clementine music player, it is written in Qt 4, and it looks native in Gnome (GTK+), that is because it (Qt) uses GTK in an GTK envirnoment.

      • JimS

        I finally got Google Earth installed with a bunch of error reports in the command line Terminal and then tried this font fix, but it didn’t work. Fonts are still screwed up.

  • Steve Cotner

    This is the message Ubuntu Software Center gave me after requesting for /home/bslayers/googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_i386.deb to be installed.

    The package is of bad quality

    The installation of a package which violates the quality standards isn’t allowed. This could cause serious problems on your computer. Please contact the person or organisation who provided this package file and include the details beneath.

    Lintian check results for /home/bslayers/googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_i386.deb:
    E: googleearth: maintainer-name-missing

    E: googleearth: maintainer-address-malformed

    What do I do with this?

  • Doug Haskin

    The dpkg command string given in the article does not work. It fails with the following messages:

    sudo dpkg -i googleearth_6.0.1.2032+0.6.0-1_i386.deb
    dpkg: error processing googleearth_6.0.1.2032+0.6.0-1_i386.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    The second version of the dpkg command given in comments does work. Perhaps the article should include a correction?

    • Doug Haskin

      More correctly, I suggest that the article should make mention of the fact that the version number of Google Earth .deb package resulting from the build must be entered as it appears in your home directory.

      I realize now that you have indicated this with your reference to running the command: “sudo dpkg -i googleearth_6.x.x.deb” but since you give a specific version of the string right below that, this can be confusing, as it was for me.

  • Vexation

    After trying an install of Ubuntu 11.04, I find that coming from ANY windows environment to 1980′s style command line rubbish not only taxing, but absolutely counter intuitive. To satisfy the “geek” in you, bravo. I’ll reluctantly purchase a copy of windows 7.

    • Chris

      Yours is a personal opinion, I daresay. I moved over to Linux (Ubuntu) about 5 years ago, and never looked back. Windows, in any flavour, is pale, bloated and overrated in comparison. Note that most web servers (and other servers) run on Linux — Windows servers are known to be troublesome.

  • rcjhawk

    I installed this way, the launched Google Earth from the applications menu. The splash screen came up, and nothing else. So I launched it from the command line, and got this:

    Google Earth has caught signal 11.

    We apologize for the inconvenience, but Google Earth has crashed.
    This is a bug in the program, and should never happen under normal
    circumstances. A bug report and debugging data have been written
    to this text file:


    Please include this file if you submit a bug report to Google.

    $ cat ~/.googleearth/crashlogs/cr
    crashlog-4de39847.txt crashlog-4de3986a.txt
    mike:~/src/google 22 $ cat ~/.googleearth/crashlogs/crashlog-4de398
    crashlog-4de39847.txt crashlog-4de3986a.txt
    mike:~/src/google 22 $ cat ~/.googleearth/crashlogs/crashlog-4de3986a.txt
    Major Version 6
    Minor Version 0
    Build Number 0003
    Build Date May 17 2011
    Build Time 00:40:40
    OS Type 3
    OS Major Version 2
    OS Minor Version 6
    OS Build Version 38
    OS Patch Version 0
    Crash Signal 11
    Crash Time 1306761322
    Up Time 0.576385

  • Henrik

    Installs with some errors, starts up in my fresh 11.04 and looks screwy..

    tried font packs, no changes :(

    looks like i have to use my win7 for gearth buuuhuuu