Google Earth

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From the project web page:

"Google Earth allows you to travel the world through a virtual globe and view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and much more. With Google Earth's rich, geographical content, you are able to experience a more realistic view of the world. You can fly to your favorite place, search for businesses and even navigate through directions."


Google Earth is not presently available in the Official Repositories, and will need to be installed from the AUR.

The latest version is called google-earthAUR and the legacy one google-earth6AUR.

Tips and tricks

Excessive memory usage

The application's memory usage can be controlled either by limiting the maximum cache size in Tools -> Options -> Cache or by lowering the graphics settings in the 3D View tab.


Tip: The project has an official support forum for anything not covered here.

Crash on startup

Google Earth can crash on startup for numerous reasons. Here are some of the most common ones.

1) Startup tips are enabled

The startup tips can be very useful but also known to cause crashes on certain Intel drivers. To disable them use enableTips=false in ~/.config/Google/GoogleEarthPlus.conf:

$ sed -i "s|enableTips=.*|enableTips=false|" ~/.config/Google/GoogleEarthPlus.conf

2) No new line at the end of ~/.drirc

To prevent a crash with -dri drivers you may need to add a new line to ~/.drirc with:

$ echo >> ~/.drirc

3) fglrx/Catalyst

Google Earth does not currently work for some fglrx/Catalyst users. The solution is to either use the open source drivers or the legacy google-earth6AUR.

Earth shows a blue marble with yellow borders

This is currently a known problem for the nvidia 331.20 drivers. The solution is to disable texture compression in Tools > Options... > 3D View > Compress.

Earth shows nothing but yellow borders

Taken from the changelog of 7.0.3 this issue has improved to some extent but overall it's still there:

Imagery now displays for Linux users running specific families of Intel GPUs.

The solution is to use the legacy version google-earth6AUR.