Perhaps the most well known way is to install Google Earth in Debian and Ubuntu by downloading and installing it in the Software Center from a Deb file. But that can lead to 100% CPU usage and often results in system hangs, if you have a lot of software and packages installed on your computer. See method 2 for a less resource intensive installation or get the Deb package from the download link given below.
You can also force install Google Earth from the Terminal by the following procedure. Open a Terminal window and enter the following commands to download Google Earth.
sudo apt-get install googleearth-package lsb-core sudo make-googleearth-package --force
Go to the downloaded package (in Home or Downloads folder) and enter the following command in the Terminal and replace the word “Deb File Path” with the system location of your Deb package.
sudo dpkg -i /Deb File Path/googleearth_22.214.171.1247+0.6.0-1_i386.deb
If you think method 2 is too complex, then install Google Earth using Bleeding Edge which allows easily installing packages which are not available in Ubuntu repositories. To find out how to use Bleeding Edge, see my post “Bleeding Edge Installs Software Not Available In Ubuntu Repositories”.
Go to Appnr website and click install next to Google Earth. To visit Appnr, click here.