Google Earth

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Google Earth is a virtual globe program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe.



Screenshot of Google Earth

  • System Memory (RAM): 512MB (256MB will do if swap space is available)
  • Hard Disk: 2GB free space
  • Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 32MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 800x600, 24 bit color


  • Go to Google Earth web page
  • Click on download link,
  • Select the .rpm file corresponding to your system (in case you are not sure, open a terminal and look at the output of 'uname -r': if you see x86_64, you run a 64 bits OS. If you see i386/i586/i686, you are running a 32 bits OS.)
  • Save file and install the .rpm file with your favorite installer!

Problem solving

Problem with libssl

  • Version 5.0: Try to start google earth via terminal (type: googleearth), if you get the following error, follow the steps behind.
./googleearth-bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/ undefined symbol: EVP_camellia_128_cbc
1. Log in as root.
2. localize
3. Move original library as backup:
mv /opt/google-earth/ /opt/google-earth/
4. Set link to the system-library. (Attention! Maybe you have to change the path)
ln -s /usr/lib/ /opt/google-earth/

If you get this error:

googleearth-bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

You are running 64 bit linux but Google Earth is a 32 bit executable and needs the 32 bit versions of the libraries.

Log in as root.

# zypper install Mesa-32bit

You replace the from Google Earth through a symbolic link to the native

Panoramio photos not appearing when clicked

Possible problem with nvidia drivers

  • Version 5.1 and 6: If google-earth rendering is garbled and/or extremely slow, this may very well be triggered by desktop compositing in conjunction with an nvidia card and driver. Disable compositing (under System settings -> Desktop -> Desktop Effects -> General) and try again.

Google Earth locks/freezes the display

Google Earth does not Start with ATI FGLRX

  • Version Under OpenSuse 12.1

If you get this Error:

googleearth-bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

You need to symbolically link ATI's to

# ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/fglrx/ /opt/google/earth/free/

Please check your paths and filenames to match your system and versions.

The issue is discussed in more detail here:

Version 7: Under OpenSuse 12.1 x64

I got folowing error by executing: .googleearth/crashlogs/crashlog-50d60b60.txt Major Version 7 Minor Version 0 Build Number 0002 Build Date Dec 13 2012 Build Time 17:54:43 OS Type 3 OS Major Version 3 OS Minor Version 1 OS Build Version 10 OS Patch Version 16 Crash Signal 11 Crash Time 1356204896 Up Time 0.006256

Stacktrace from glibc: ./[0xf7612fab] ./[0xf76131f3] [0xffffe400]

I reported bug to Google earth.

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