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Apr 12, 2001

Google has announced that Google Earth can now be accessed in browsers other than Chrome. From today, the new version of the interactive mapping app on the web fully supports Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers.


Earth launched on the web in 2017, but there wasn't an open web standard available at the time that could support its advanced features, so it exclusively relied on Google's Chrome-only Native Client (NaCl) technology.

The new support for other browsers was made possible by moving Google Earth for Chrome onto WebAssembly (Wasm), which Google has helped develop for the last three years. It's now the leading W3C open web standard for bringing native code to the web.

Google still aims to bring Earth to Apple's Safari browser, but admitted in its blog post that "we still have some work to do" before it can make that happen.

Google said last year that Earth would support Safari once Apple adds "better support for WebGL2" in the browser. That's still in development, according to WebKit's online Feature Status report.

In the meantime, iPhone and iPad users can check out the dedicated Google Earth iOS app, which lets you explore world from above with satellite imagery, 3D terrain of the entire globe, and 3D buildings in hundreds of cities around the world.

Article Link: Google Earth Now Works in Firefox, Edge, and Opera Browsers, Safari Support Coming Later


Feb 23, 2004
San Diego, CA, USA
I... did not know there was a web version of Google Earth. I’d always used the iOS app (hmm, and I recalll there was being a macOS app version way back that I used).
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Mar 22, 2009
I... did not know there was a web version of Google Earth.
Actually there's another one too - Google Earth Studio. It lets you leverage the Google Earth imagery to create still and animated content.

However my favorite version is still Google Earth VR. I've spent hours flying over dozens of cities and it's one of the easiest ways to show people what VR is all about.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 28, 2018
I just tried it on Firefox and it says it is still an experimental version. It runs slow so I guess Google Maps is what I'll continue to use for now.


macrumors regular
Oct 15, 2015
Would be cool if apple made a web version of their maps app. Since I spend so much time using safari its just so much easier to go to google maps than open apple maps on my Mac.


macrumors 68000
Dec 8, 2011
I didn’t know this was a thing. I’m too disinterested in Google anymore to go find out what this Google thing does. I thought there was a Google thing called Google Earth way longer ago than 2017. [shrug]
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