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Install & uninstall Google Earth

To install or upgrade to the latest version of Google Earth, download the application.

System requirements

In order for Google Earth to run on your computer, you must have all minimum system requirements.

PC system configuration

Minimum:

  • Operating System: Windows XP and later
  • CPU: Pentium 3, 500Mhz
  • System Memory (RAM): 512MB
  • Hard Disk: 500MB free space
  • Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 64MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1024x768, "16-bit High Color" - DirectX 9 (to run in Direct X mode)
  • Mail: Outlook 2007+ is required for email functionality

Recommended:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 and 8
  • CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
  • System Memory (RAM): 1GB+
  • Hard Disk: 2GB+ free space
  • Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 256MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1280x1024, "32-bit True Color"
Mac system configuration

Minimum:

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • CPU: Any Intel Mac
  • System Memory (RAM): 512MB
  • Hard Disk: 500MB free space
  • Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 64MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1024x768, "Thousands of Colors"

Recommended:

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • CPU: Dual Core Intel Mac
  • System Memory (RAM): 1GB+
  • Hard Disk: 2GB free space
  • Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 256MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1280x1024, "Millions of Colors"
Linux system configuration

Minimum:

  • Kernel: 2.4 or later
  • glibc: 2.3.2 w/ NPTL or later
  • XFree86-4.0 or x.org R6.7 or later
  • CPU: Pentium 3, 500Mhz
  • System Memory (RAM): 512MB
  • Hard Disk: 500MB free space
  • Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 64MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1024x768, "16-bit High Color" screen

Recommended:

  • Kernel 2.6 or later
  • glibc 2.3.5 w/ NPTL or later
  • x.org R6.7 or later
  • System Memory (RAM): 1GB
  • Hard Disk: 2GB free space
  • Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 256MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1280x1024, 32 bit color

LSB must be installed in order for Google Earth to run on Linux. Your operating system should install LSB automatically when you install Google Earth.

Google Earth is officially supported against the most current versions of the Ubuntu and RHEL Linux distributions. Although we do not officially support Google Earth on other Linux distributions, many people have successfully run Google Earth on these platforms.

Android requirements
  • Android devices made in 2010 or later running OS2.1+
  • Screen resolution of 320x480 or higher
  • Minimum of 211 MB
  • Minimum of 35 MB free system memory
  • Dual-core processors (for 3D viewing only)

If you are unable to find Google Earth in Google Play and you have all the correct system requirements, visit the Google Earth download page. Google Earth will open in the Google Play application.

Google Earth for Android works best with a strong wifi or 4G connection.

Install Google Earth

Install Earth on a PC
  1. Download Google Earth.
  2. Double-click the file and follow the installation process.
  3. To open Google Earth, click Start and then Programs and then Google Earth. Then, click Google Earth.
Install Earth on a Mac
  1. Download Google Earth.
  2. Open "GoogleEarthMac-Intel.dmg".
  3. Open the "Install Google Earth.pkg" file and follow the installation process.
  4. To open Google Earth, open your Applications folder and double-click Google Earth.

Note: During the installation process, Mac OS X will ask for an administrator password. This information is never shared with Google.

Fix installation errors

Before attempting any of the instructions below:

Fix common errors

Error codes -5009, -5003, -6002, or -6009 during install/uninstall

Your system has outdated installation software. Update to the latest version of InstallShield.

MSI or .dll error

  1. Uninstall your version of Google Earth by going to Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Upgrade to the latest version from the Google Earth download link.

Use Earth with firewall or protection software

If you're having trouble connecting to Google Earth and your machine has a software firewall, Google Earth might not be able to access the internet. Examples of common anti-virus software firewalls include:

  • McAfee Personal Firewall Plus (also in McAfee Internet Security Suite)
  • ZoneAlarm
  • Norton Personal Firewall

To help fix firewall issues in your anti-virus software preferences, verify:

  • GoogleEarth.exe is not blocked
  • Access to 'port 80' is available for non-browser applications

Note: Before Google Earth software is installed, Mac OS X will ask that you input an administrator password. This information is never shared with Google.

Uninstall Google Earth

Uninstall Earth on a PC
  1. Click Start and then Settings and then Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find and select Google Earth.
  4. Click Remove and then Yes and then Finish.
Uninstall Earth on a Mac
  1. Go to your Applications folder and search for "Google Earth".
  2. Right-click the Google Earth icon and select Move to Trash.

Additionally, if you'd like to remove all of the Google Earth files from your Mac, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. Open the Home Directory icon labeled with your user ID.
  3. Go to Library and then Caches and then Google Earth and delete all files.
  4. Then, go to Library and then Application Support and then Google Earth and delete all files.