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."
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As all versions depend on a 32-bit library, enable the multilib repository first.
There are multiple Google Earth versions available in the AUR:
- AUR - Latest version (still freeware)
- AUR - Semi-legacy version
- AUR - Legacy version (often more stable)
Crash on startup
Google Earth can crash on startup for numerous reasons. Here are some of the most common ones.
Startup tips are enabled
While startup tips can be useful, they are also known to cause crashes. To disable them, add to
No new line at the end of
This can cause a crash with -dri drivers:
$ echo >> ~/.drirc
In case the cache is corrupt and needs recreation, remove it:
$ rm -r ~/.googleearth/Cache/
If that didn't work, try removing the whole settings folder:
$ rm -r ~/.googleearth/
Another crash happened while handling crash!
You may try removing the following:
$ rm -f ~/.googleearth/Cache/cookies ~/.googleearth/instance-running-lock
Panoramio photos not working
If setting the
_attempt_fix variable on top of the AUR PKGBUILD does not help, fall back to AUR.
Either refer to the #Corrupt settings section above or 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 legacyAUR.
Excessive memory use
Memory use can be controlled by limiting the maximum cache size in Tools > Options... > Cache, or by lowering the graphics settings in the 3D View tab.