How to check internet speed via Terminal in Ubuntu


Speedtest.net is a pretty good place to check your internet speeds. But there is an even simpler way. Using the speedtest-cli command line app, you can actually check your current broadband speeds via Terminal. So here's how you do it. 

speedtest-cli ubuntu installation

How to install speedtest-cli in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04?
Speedtest-cli is a small command line application meant for testing your internet speeds via Terminal in various Linux distributions including Ubuntu. Speedtest-cli uses the speedtest.net website for testing your internet bandwidth. Installation is rather simple.
  • Launch Terminal in Ubuntu and copy paste the following commands.
wget -O speedtest-cli https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest_cli.py
chmod +x speedtest-cli
  • The first command will download the speedtest-li.py file to your computer and the second command will make it executable. Now, run this file whenever you want to check your broadband statistics. Copy-paste the following command into Terminal. 
./speedtest-cli
  • Done. See screenshot above for reference. Thanks for reading. 
[Source: Binary Nature: See also for more powerful speedtest-cli functionalities]

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