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How to Install Google Earth in Backtrack Linux

I am currently doing a lot of WiFi work and realized some of the tools I am used to using were not fully set up in my working version of Backtrack. One of the tools I use a lot is GiKismet which uses Google earth to map out access points. I will cover how to do that in a later article but for this article we are just going to get Google Earth installed.

Installation is fairly simply.

1.Follow this link and download the 32 bit .deb file which is the format Backtrack needs.

2. Once you have downloaded the .deb file, make sure you are in the same directory you have downloaded it in and then use dpkg to install the .deb file locally:


  1. root@bt:~# ls -lah | grep *.deb
  2. -rw-r--r--  1 root root  23M Feb 20 10:29 google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb
  3. root@bt:~# dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb

3. Once that gets installed there is a few more packages we need to make it work. Issue the following command to install them:


  1. apt-get install lsb-core

4. Once that is installed you will be able to open Goole-Earth from the Internet section of the Backtrack menu:


5. The Google Earth interface will open up after clicking on the menu entry:


Now you may be asking your self why the heck do I need Google Earth in a pentest distro? In the next article I will pull my last two articles together and show how to use Kismet files to map access points using Google earth.