Google Earth and Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

I tried running Google Earth today for the first time since I upgraded to Leopard. It quit unexpectedly without an error message. I tried re-installing from the original .dmg image but did not resolve the issue. Apparently I’m not the only one with this problem.

According to Google, version 4.2 of Google Earth is compatible with Leopard. Downloading and installing this version resolved my problem, but there are others for which this solution did not work. According to one poster on the Google forums, the following may help:

  • Delete the entire ~/Library/Application Support/Google Earth/ folder
  • Delete the ~/Library/Preferences/com.Google.GoogleEarthPlus.plist file
  • Restart Google Earth

If you delete these files, be aware that you’ll need to reload your myplaces.kml file from a backup. (The myplaces.kml file is saved in the “Google Earth” folder listed above).