The Google Earth API is going away and many developers are moving to Cesium. Cesium is built on modern plugin-free tech, and is cross-platform, cross-browser, open-source, and actively developed by a large community.

Here you'll find technical resources for moving from Google Earth to Cesium.

Example Code

Check out over 30 Google Earth examples and demos ported to Cesium. The Cesium code is clean and concise, for example:

Don't miss the Monster Milktruck port to Cesium:

Tutorial Series

Build on what you already know. Here are two tutorials specifically targeted at helping you make the switch from Google Earth to Cesium:

Migrating from Google Earth Part I

The benefits of Cesium and how to build Hello World.

Migrating from Google Earth Part II

Major coding concepts in Cesium and how they differ from GE.

Google Earth Enterprise

Cesium supports direct rendering of terrain and imagery hosted by Google Earth Enterprise servers. We are interested in community feedback for other features, such as vector data.

To deliver what we see as the future of 3D geospatial, we are continuing to develop 3D Tiles, which handle traditional GEE use cases of terrain, imagery, and vector data as well as 3D buildings, massive models, point clouds, and more. The below blog posts summarize our personal experiences with Google Earth Enterprise integration.

Guest Blog Posts

Hear firsthand from developers who moved from GE to Cesium.

Conference Presentations

FOSS4G NA 2016

Migrating from Google Earth to Cesium. Hannah Pinkos. FOSS4G NA 2016 05/2016.

The closed-to-open source success story of the movement from Google Earth to Cesium, including technical differences.

GSA 2015

Beyond the Google Earth API: Cesium, a Plugin-Free, WebGL-Based Virtual Globe. Declan De Paor. GSA 2015 11/2015.

Introduction to Cesium in the face of Google Earth deprecation.

FOSS4G 2015

Migrating from Google Earth API to Cesium. Professor Hidenori Watanave. FOSS4G 09/2015.

Advice based on porting several projects from Google Earth to Cesium. One of the projects, the Hiroshima Archive, also won the The Best Cutting Edged Map prize at FOSS4G 2015.


Check out these highlighted apps that moved from GE to Cesium.

To stay up-to-date, follow @CesiumJS. If you have a question about porting your app from GE to Cesium, post it on the forum and include something like "(moving from Google Earth to Cesium)" in the subject line. In general, let us know what you need in terms of features and tutorials for a successful move to Cesium.