How to check Internet speed from command line on Linux

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Sometimes, you may want to test the Internet speed of your upstream ISP as part of troubleshooting. For that matter, we are usually using the website

Underneath it, loads a JavaScript code in your web browser, which then automatically detects the closest server from you, and measures download/upload speed by sending HTTP GET and POST requests to the server and give it you as a result.

However, if you are trying to check Internet speed from a remote headless server, VPS or an otherwise desktop-less system,’s Flash-based user-friendly interface would be no good. For those of you, there is a command-line interface (CLI) version of, known as speedtest-cli. Here I will demonstrate how to use speedtest-cli to check Internet speed from the command line in Linux.

Download and Install speedtest-cli on Linux

speedtest-cli is a simple CLI client for measuring bidirectional Internet bandwidth by using infrastructure.  Installing the latest speedtest-cli is nothing more than just downloading the Python script.

$ wget
$ chmod a+rx
$ sudo mv /usr/local/bin/speedtest-cli
$ sudo chown root:root /usr/local/bin/speedtest-cli

How to Test Internet Connection Speed with speedtest-cli

To know the internet speed just run the command speedtest-cli. You will get all the result on screen.

$ speedtest-cli

This will automatically discover the closest server (in terms of geographic distance), and report download and upload speed measured from the server.

root@aiderpro:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving configuration…
Retrieving server list…
Testing from BSNL (…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd (Mumbai) [119.64 km]: 19.021 ms
Testing download speed………………………………….
Download: 4.47 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed…………………………………………..
Upload: 2.72 Mbit/s

If you want to get a list of available servers around the world, use “–list” option. It will display a sorted list of servers.

root@aiderpro:~# speedtest-cli –list |more
Retrieving configuration…
Retrieving server list…
3141) Intech Online Pvt. Ltd. (Thane, India) [119.56 km] 798) Honesty Net Solutions (Mumbai, India) [119.64 km] 4310) Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd (Mumbai, India) [119.64 km] 1718) Vodafone India (Mumbai, India) [119.64 km] 2938) Reliance Communications (Mumbai, India) [119.64 km] 3737) Indusind Media & Communication Ltd. (Mumbai, India) [119.64 km] 3315) Joister Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai, India) [119.64 km] 2679) Bharti Airtel Ltd (Hyderabad, India) [503.57 km] 3630) Excell Media Pvt Ltd (Hyderabad, India) [503.57 km] 3395) BEAM TELECOM (Hyderabad, India) [503.57 km] 3984) Pioneer Elabs Limited. (Hyderabad, India) [504.54 km] 3663) RAJESH PATEL NET SERVICES (P) LTD (Indore, India) [510.75 km]

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