Easy Embedding of the Google Earth Plugin

Judging from the E-mails and blog posts I’ve been seeing, the Google Earth plugin continues to get a lot of attention from developers wanting to put Google Earth’s 3D capabilities on their web pages. The very first post-announcement mashup with the new API was done by Virgil Zetterlind who made it possible for you to embed the plugin with a KML file of your choice. Since then, many other Google Earth savvy sites have started offering the ability to embed the plugin with interesting data. Here’s a quick summary of Google Earth pluging embedding options starting with two new ones:

  • StreetCities – This is probably the slickest of the new embedding options. The guy who brought you DualMaps (which lets you embed a map view showing simultaneously Street View, Google Maps, and Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye views), now has created StreetCities which lets you combine Street View, Google Maps and Google Earth plugin on your web page. Not only that, but he’s included a slick “orbit” animation capability with the Google Earth plugin. I really like this!

  • GoogleEarthHacks – Mickey at Google Earth Hacks had already added the ability to view highlighted Google Earth content with the plugin. He’s recently added above each entry a copy/paste snippet to embed any of his entries on a web page using the Earth plugin. Not only that, but he now has added a cool new feature making it easy for anyone to mark a place in Google Earth using the plugin and share it with anyone via a GE KML file, or by embedding it with the Earth plugin.

  • First Embed Tool – Virgil’s GEEmbed tool is still very useful because it lets you give it a KML file OR a Google My Map that you can embed with the Earth plugin on your site. Read about it and see an example.

  • Tagzania – As previously mentioned, the place tagging site Tagzania was quick to add the ability to view their maps with the Earth plugin by simply adding the “Earth” tab in the Google Maps on the upper right. They also added the ability to embed any map from Tagzania with the plugin (see the “Embed 3D” code snippet below a map).

  • GMap-Track – Also previously mentioned, GMap-Track allows you to embed a map on your blog showing your current position. They now have the option to show your position with the Earth plugin, and will automatically determine whether your browser supports it and revert back to Google Maps if your browser doesn’t. Definitely a great way to do it! See OgleEarth‘s home page for an example of it in use.

See also GoogleMapsMania’s post today about the two new ones.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Hello! I also found a great “goolge map and earth” site here: http://www.satelliteplaces.com

  2. I have created a 3d (cross-eye)version of the Google Monster milk truck driving simulator using the Google Earth plug-in. I also have a jet pack mode I call SuperAwesome mode that makes it even more fun to play with.
    Check it out here:

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