Google Earth plugin fails to install in Chrome (new macbook)

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Glen Edmonds

Jun 7, 2015, 1:31:49 PM6/7/15
I have tried to install the google earth plugin with chrome open, chrome closed, and reinstalled several times (all apparently "successful"), but it doesn't actually install.

Pages using the plugin still show the "please install" link.

The plugin is not listed in chrome://plugins

I did however install OK for Safari.

Chrome Version is "43.0.2357.81 (64-bit)" running on a new macbook.


Jul 11, 2015, 9:00:09 AM7/11/15
Hi, Google is phasing out this type of plugin.  In fact the Google Earth plugin won't work in Chrome now unless you re-enable plugins via a flag.  You can read more about this here: 

If you go to the GE plugin page ( in Chrome, unless you have enabled the flag (chrome://flags/#enable-npapi), you will be told you need to download the plugin.

As soon as you enable npapi and restart Chrome, you will see on the GE plugin page that the plugin is installed.

The GE plugin page needs updating with an explanation, and Google is aware of this, but whether they will do it is another matter ...

This page is specifically for the Tour Builder, but it's quite informative even if you are using a different product or site:

This forum is not active.  Developer questions can be asked at StackOverflow, user questions should be asked in the Google Maps and Earth help forum.

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