GE Plugin

February 20th, 2009

Google Earth in a Browser

These games, tools and demos run in Google Earth in a browser. If you haven’t previously run GE in a browser, you will be prompted to download a Plug-in from Google to before viewing these.

The Google Earth Plug-in currently supports these web browsers and operating systems:

  • Windows (2000, XP, and Vista): IE 6.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Flock 1.0+, Chrome 1.0+
  • Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC): Safari, Firefox 3.0+
Google Earth Browser Plugin Flight Sim Game

Mini Flight Sim

Fly anywhere in the world in this arcade style flight simulator game. Simply use Left and right cursor keys control the plane.

Browser based planetarium


Explore stars, constellations and planets inside your browser.

Google Earth and Google Maps Linked Together

Google Earth and Google Maps side by side

Use Google Earth to control Google Maps, and Google Maps to control Google Earth

Twitter activity animation in GE Browser Plugin

#uksnow Twitter Activity

Animated loop of snow related Tweets during a UK snowstorm in Februaury 2009.

Polygon Editor for Google Earth


Draw a regular polygon on the surface of the globe. Instantly calculates the area it covers. Export it as KML.

Animated Google Earth in Google Earth in a Browser


Interactive Animation demo, with multiple cameras.

Browser based, 3d real time global cloud coverage

Cloud Layer in the Plugin

View the near real time global cloud coverage layer, in 3d, in your browser. Includes a custom opacity slider control.

Low Cost Airline Flight Maps in GE Browser Plugin

Airline Route Maps

Three European Low cost Airline Route maps. Ryanair, easyjet, Wizzair. Multiple KML files in the browser plug-in.

3000 Nearby Stars - Hertzprung Russell Diagram

HR Diagram

Interactive Hertszprung Russell Diagram of 3000 nearby stars. Seriously heavy duty KML file running in the GE browser plugin’s Sky Mode.

  1. June 12th, 2008 at 20:13 | #1

    Just want to Congratulate you James! It´s an awesome work you´ve done…especially the Polyplot one…very usefull indeed.
    Meanwhile, I, like many other known people, are struggelling just to make a page with a pair of check boxes to toggle between them to show KML using the GE Plugin… =)


  2. June 13th, 2008 at 11:39 | #2

    Thanks Gerardo,
    Check this out:
    Probably not the best approach, but it works for now.

  3. June 15th, 2008 at 15:36 | #3

    I learned GE more from you. Thank a lot!

    Now, I want to put my Kmz collections by GE Plugin.
    Could you tell me how to set the GroundOverlay to transparent.

  4. June 17th, 2008 at 02:55 | #4

    Sorry, I asked a fool question that is too unclear to answer.
    I describe the question more clearly now.
    I made a Taipei Zoning Map by superoverlay tool.
    In GE, I am used to use the slider which is at the bottom of the places panel to control the map of transparency for matching the satellite images.
    Could I use the same function using the GE Plugin?

  5. June 17th, 2008 at 10:48 | #5

    Interesting question. I don’t think that function is currently available through the api. But I suspect it might be possible to build a custom transparency control.

    e.g. a Javascript slider connected to a setColor() on a Style shared by all the groundOVerlays.

    btw, I like the Plugin examples on your blog, great work as always!

  6. June 22nd, 2008 at 02:13 | #6


    Thanks for your suggestion.
    But I don’t think Style can be shared by groundOverlay.
    Because thers is no GroundOverlayStyle in Style tag.

    btw, how do I use setTourSpeed and setTourPause to control the Touring? Could you give me a example for touring some placemarks?

  7. June 24th, 2008 at 11:00 | #7

    Sorry, my mistake. I was thinking overlay color was set by IconStyle.

    Re tours. They aren’t implemented in the api yet. It’s something you need to do programmatically. I’ll post an example when I get chance.

  8. Nguyen Duc Huy
    November 11th, 2008 at 00:51 | #8

    Can you send me the drawpoly.js ? Pls. I like that one very much and I don’t known how to do like that.
    Tks very much.

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