How to Test Internet Speed from Terminal in Ubuntu Linux

Carrying out a speed test is usually a convenient way of checking or monitoring the speed of your internet connection. In most cases, you would visit a popular site such as Ookla Speed Test which provides an elegant UI that gives you a clear picture of your bandwidth including download and upload speeds and the name of your ISP.

Developed by Ookla, Speedtest CLI is a command-line tool that is tailored for system administrators and developers, and command-line enthusiasts. It provides the capability of checking the internet speeds straight from your Linux terminal.

Speedtest CLI allows you to do the following:

  • Check the bandwidth performance including metrics such as download, upload, and packet loss.
  • Check the connection from your PC or even a remote server and IoT devices such as Raspberry Pi.
  • Configure scripts to collect speed test results over a period of time.
  • Save results in CSV or JSON.

Installation Requirements

Speedtest-cli works with Python 2.4-3.7  For best results, ensure that you have Python 3.6 and later since older versions have been deprecated.

How to install Speedtest-cli

There are various ways of installing the Speedtest-cli tool. Let’s briefly cover each of them.

Install Speedtest-cli using the APT package manager

This is the easiest and most straightforward way of installing Speedtest-cli. To start off, use the curl command to setup the Speedtest-cli repository.

$ curl -s https://install.speedtest.net/app/cli/install.deb.sh | sudo bash

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Once the repository is set up, use the APT package manager to install Speedtest-cli as follows.

$ sudo apt install speedtest-cli

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Install Speedtest-cli using Python script

The alternative way of installing Speedtest-cli is to download and execute the Speedtest-cli Python script. To start off, download the script from GitHub using the wget command as shown.

$ wget -O speedtest-cli https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py

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Once the download is complete, you can verify its presence using the ls command as shown.

$ ls -l | grep speedtest

Finally, execute permissions to the speedtest-cli Python script using the chmod command.

$ sudo chmod +x speedtest-cli

Then move the speedtest-cli script to the /usr/bin path.

$ sudo mv speedtest-cli /usr/bin

Check version of Speedtest-cli

To check the version of the Speedtest-cli tool, run the command:

$ speedtest-cli --version

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Testing the internet connection speed using Speedtest-cli

Now, let’s begin testing the speed of our internet connection. You can run the speedtest-cli command in its basic form without any arguments as shown.

$ speedtest-cli

As you can see, the script begins by retrieving the testing configuration from speedtest.net and identifies your ISP. It then retrieves a list of possible servers, selects the best server, and proceeds to perform both the download and upload speed tests, and prints out the results on the terminal.

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You can share the bandwidth results with others using the –share option.

$ speedtest-cli --share

A URL containing the results of the speed test is provided at the very end. This contains a PNG image of the speed test results.

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http://www.speedtest.net/result/11602946461.png

Copy and paste the URL on a browser and hit ENTER to view the speed test statistics.

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If you just want simplified output that only displays the download and upload speeds, use the –simple option.

$ speedtest-cli --simple

To print a list of possible servers based on physical distance, use the –list option.

$ speedtest-cli --list

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If the output contains servers from different regions, use the grep command to filter the output based on your preferred server. Here, we are listing servers located in Nairobi.

$ speedtest-cli --list  | grep -i Nairobi

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For more command options, use the –help option.

$ speedtest-cli --help

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That’s all from article. Please do share your feedback and queries in the comments section below.

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