Speedtest is a famous website on which you can check your Internet connection speed. However, they have recently launched a command-line application for Linux users, and now you don’t have to open a browser every time you have to check your Internet speed.
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the installation process of this tool, and then we will check our Internet speed in the terminal.
Installing Speedtest CLI on Linux
There are several methods through which you can install the application, the first method is applicable for any flavour of Linux distribution and the other methods are distribution specific. Let’s get started, open a Terminal and type the following commands to clone the GitHub repository:
git clone https://github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli.git
Now, navigate to the directory using cd command and install the application using Python:
cd speedtest-cli python setup.py install
If you have pip installed, then you can also use the pip3 command to install the utility:
pip3 install speedtest-cli
If you’re using Ubuntu, or its derivative distributions, you can also install the tool using the following command :
curl -s https://install.speedtest.net/app/cli/install.deb.sh | sudo bash sudo apt-get install speedtest
Similarly, For Fedora workstation, you can install the application using the following commands :
curl -s https://install.speedtest.net/app/cli/install.deb.sh | sudo bash sudo dnf install speedtest
Check your Internet speed in the terminal
To list out all the commands available for this CLI tool, you can type the following in the Terminal :
If you want to measure the internet speed (both upload and download) then simply type :
As you can see in the above image, the command tests both upload and download speeds. You can also check the upload and download speeds individually by typing either of the following commands :
speedtest-cli --no-download # Only checks the upload speed speedtest-cli --no-upload # Only checks the download speed
It’s wonderful to see companies out there recognizing the market and users of Linux and developing their tools for them. We have already seen Microsoft porting their Edge browser to Linux and Nvidia open sourcing their drivers for Linux. The future of Linux seems promising.