Google Chrome Supports Earth API Plugin

Google announced today that the Google Chrome browser now finally supports the Google Earth API plugin on Windows. This means you can load the growing list of Earth API applications such as EarthSwoop, Monster Milktruck, and many other GE Plugin applications from the Google Chrome browser. You may need to update Chrome to get the latest version (mine seemed to update automatically). I’ve tested Chrome and the plugin out on a bunch of the applications including the one seen here:

Monster Milktruck on Chrome

I haven’t done a valid speed comparison between GE Plugin on Chrome verses Firefox yet. But, the version on Chrome seemed quite speedy. I’d like to hear about any speed comparisons. Anyway, it’s great to see the plugin spread further. The next thing I would like to see from Google is for the GE Plugin to support the new Record Tour features from GE 5. After that, it would be nice to see the plugin and API support more functionality and layers from the full client. Oh, and somewhere in the mix having Chrome on the Mac might be nice. Google did release support for the GE plugin on Mac OS X last December.

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. I already download the extention for google chroma but can not install … searching for relevant information. Thanks for a good article

  2. Mrs. Bridgeman says:

    Have already downloaded google earth chrome but now I can’t seem to get it started back.

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