How To Test Internet Connection Speed via Command Line

r00t December 20, 2014

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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. For those of you who didn’t know, speedtest-cli is a simple CLI client written in Python for measuring bidirectional Internet bandwidth by using Speedtest.net infrastructure. It works with Python 2.4-3.4. Installing the latest speedtest-cli is nothing more than downloading the Python script.

Test Internet Connection Speed via Command Line

Step 1. Install speedtest-cli on Linux

Step 2. Run an internet speed test with the following command:

If you want to share the speed test result, you can use “–share” option, which will allow you to share speed test result with others in an image format via Speedtest.net.

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The utility supports a few other parameters, and you can view them by running the speedtest-cli.py –help command.

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