Google Earth API Demo Gallery

For those of you who want to learn to program your own Google Earth plugin applications, the place to start is the Google Earth API web site. Here you will find links to the Google Earth API Developer Guide, the Google Earth API FAQ, the Google Earth Browser Plugin forum, and a link to the Google Geo Developer Blog.
Monster Milktruck Game in Google Earth PluginAnd, most important to today’s post, Google has just released a new Google Earth API Demo Gallery. This is a nice quick way to see the many plugin demos Google has produced to show off features of the API. This includes boring ones that show features like “Creating a placemark“, and really cool ones like “Monster Milktruck“, “3D Driving Directions“, and “China Syndrome“.
All of this will become even more important in the not too distant future. Google will be releasing new improved versions of the Google Earth API and plugin including support for Mac OS X for the plugin. Hopefully the new API will include support for more built-in Google Earth layers, and more straightforward functions to turn on and off KML content.

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. Frank:
    Good to see resources devoted to the plugin API. As you noted last week with our hurricane demo, we switched from Google Earth layers to a single page Virtual Earth demo. We’re finding that a large percentage of users will only go to a single web page and don’t want to be hassled with stand-alone installs, numerous hyperlinks, etc.
    So the immediacy of the Plugin API holds great promise, as well as the extensibility of the JavaScript API. That said, until Mac support arrives, it’s a tough sell for public-facing websites.

  2. I agree that MAC support, and Linux support, is needed. However, I don’t feel its a tough sell for the public without it. The API is familiar and easy to use for the public. Folks are familiar with Google maps and Google earth. Granted, I’m speaking more so on government sites such as county’s and city’s who would like to make use of the API for things such as presenting GIS data to the public.
    Peachtree City in Georgia presented this site last night to the public, and the response was well received. More importantly, however was how easy it was for the public to jump right in and use the site.

  3. Antonio, the url you posted is the most useful application of the GE API I have seen to date. I especially like the Police layer. Thanks for sharing the site

  4. I like Google Earth API so much but it’s sad it doesn’t support Mac OS X. I am looking forward Google to release new version soon!

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