Google Earth Update – Version:

Google has released an update to Google Earth and Google Earth Pro. This is a bugfix / maintenance update with no new features. Having said that, it does fix some of the worst bugs, including crashes and installation problems and its release confirms that Google has not given up on Google Earth.

The release notes say:

Issues fixed in this release of Google Earth Client

  • Removed menu items for Google Maps Engine and the Google Earth Community.
  • New Google and Google Earth logos.
  • Crashes from rearranging items in My Places.
  • Earth Pro: Removed registration dialog as Pro no longer requires a license.
  • Windows: β€œ1603” installer error caused by attempts to re-install Earth 7.
  • Linux: Font dialog and other crashes.
  • Linux: Cache data inconsistency between 32 and 64-bit builds.
  • Linux: RPM installer problems with permissions in directory β€œ/usr/bin”.
  • Mac & Linux: Updated driver support for 3Dconnexion controller devices.

We get quite a lot of email regarding problems installing Google Earth, so we hope those are now a thing of the past. We also used to experience the crash when rearranging placemarks, which was particularly annoying as it typically meant redoing a lot of work, as My Places is only saved when Google Earth is closed properly. It seemed to be placemarks with links that were particularly troublesome.

Another crash that occurs when you try to search for something while Google Earth is still loading is still there.

For most people, there should be no need to do anything and Google Earth should update automatically. If you installed Google Earth using the ‘offline installer’ then you may need to manually update to get the new version, which you can do by going to the standard Google Earth download page. We actually recommend that everyone consider switching to Google Earth Pro as it is free and has more features than Google Earth. There are, however, no differences in the actually imagery. Google Earth and Google Earth Pro share the same ‘myplaces.kml’ (where saved placemarks are stored) so switching does not loose any data. You can have them both installed at the same time and use whichever you like, but you cannot run them both at once. As mentioned in the comments, Google Earth Pro is not available on Linux.

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About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.


  1. Mac OS Yosemite 10.10.5: installation Ok, but GE won’t launch…
    Thanks TimeMachine!

    • “Google Earth Pro can not open because of a problem.
      Check with the developer that Google Earth Pro works with this version of OS X. It may be that you are required to reinstall the application. Make sure to install all available updates for the application and OS X.”

      Exception Type: EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)
      Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000

      Application Specific Information:
      dyld: launch, loading dependent libraries

      Dyld Error Message:
      Library not loaded: @rpath/3DconnexionClient.framework/Versions/A/3DconnexionClient
      Referenced from: /Applications/Google Earth
      Reason: no suitable image found. Did find:
      /Applications/Google Earth code signature invalid for ‘/Applications/Google Earth’

      /Applications/Google Earth code signature invalid for ‘/Applications/Google Earth’

      • Ok I fixed it by copying the 3Dconnexion frameworks from old app to the new one πŸ˜‰

        • I had exactly the same problem. But I saw the 3Dconnexion frameworks in the new google earth pro. I can not figure out why it is not working.

        • Thomas O'Brien says

          Thank you 911maps! I deleted 3Dconnexion on the new google maps and pasted 3Dconnexion from the old google maps and it opened just fine! How did you figure that out?

          • Can you please elaborate on how to copy the 3D connexion frameworks? I have just had the same problem after installing Google Earth’s latest update (I currently run on OSX 10.6.8)

          • @ aquila84: Update GE, then right-clic the app and choose “show package contents” and got to Contents/Frameworks. Open a second finder window from TimeMachine (before GE update with working app), same “show package contents” and copy frameworks/3Dconnexion folder (or that shown in your error message when trying to open new GE) from TimeMachine to your new GE app.
            Sorry for my English, am I clear?

          • Thank you so much @911maps! That is very clear and works perfectly! I really appreciate the time you took to respond, thank you πŸ˜€

  2. Yay
    Finally Panoramio photos are showed in Linux!!!

  3. Is it me or is the icon updated

  4. It would be so awesome if they added some new features and a updated interface that tied it in with the design of other Google products. I really hope they don’t give up on GE. It is truly a wonderful application!

    Thank-you gearthblog for not giving up on promotion of GE

  5. balachandert says

    Thanks for the heads up. We are having some problems running the pro version on Windows 10. Will check out the update to see if its stable. The direct installer link ( for the new version is not working. Returns a 404 error.
    Now if only the pro was made available for Linux as well…

  6. I’m running OSX 10.6.8. According the GE download page GE should work with OSX 10.6 or later. Well it’s not working for me. I updated, no luck. I uninstalled, then reinstalled, no luck. What am I doing wrong?

    • Same problem. See above. Open content of GE app and copy 3DConnexion framework folder from old app from TimeMachine. Hope it works πŸ˜‰

      • Doesn’t work

        OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)
        Report Version: 6

        Exception Type: EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)
        Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000
        Crashed Thread: 0

        Dyld Error Message:
        Library not loaded: /usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib
        Referenced from: /Applications/Google
        Reason: image not found

        Binary Images:
        0x8fe00000 – 0x8fe4163b dyld 132.1 (???) /usr/lib/dyld

        • I attempted replacing several of the framework options, but it still failed. I ended up having to restore the older version from a Time Machine backup, and have now archived a copy of that version for safe-keeping if I need to install it again…

          I know 10.6.x is a fairly old rev of the OS, and if Google wants to leave it behind so be it. If they want to keep supporting it, they need to actually test their product builds against it, and not auto-install incompatible software.

          • PhishFinder says

            Running 10.7.5. Installed 3 consecutive versions of 17 and none work. Trying to go back to 6.2. You would think they would get it right by now.

    • OS X and automatic updates. May be not a direct answer, but I have had to manually update GE twice recently for OS X 10, although it has worked fine afterwards. OS X does not now support automatic updates, and Google pop ups may appear on a browser. There is a brief official Google Earth Help explanation here

  7. I downloaded it (Windows 10), and as far as I can tell so far it’s working fine, but the icon wasn’t updated, it just disappeared instead and went back to the Windows default of a blank page icon. Doesn’t kill me or anything, but something didn’t go right.

  8. If the Pro version is free, then why bothering to keep the normal version? Also, many users cant switch to the Pro version since it does not support Linux.

    Overall, its great to see than the Panoramio bug was fixed.

  9. Both normal and Pro versions have been updated to build Probably a minor bug fix.

  10. for downloading use tor browser. It will resolve the downloading problem. Its ip issue not your computer problem.

  11. Ken Vanhorne says

    I downloaded both Google Earth and Google Earth Pro and on both I’m seeing views as they were 18 months ago. How do I update to get current views?

PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.