I recently purchased a compact tower server to run at home for various personal projects of mine and I decided to test the network card and its throughput. I had installed headless Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS therefore, I had no access to web version of Speedtest. The first thing anyone would do is to check if there’s any packages available in official and accessible repository and luckily there is one called
Installation was as simple as anyone can ask for, no problem there. If we roam around its help section, it has many switches and parameters it accepts. The installed
speedtest-cli can be accessible with
usage: speedtest-cli [-h] [--no-download] [--no-upload] [--bytes] [--share] [--simple] [--csv] [--csv-delimiter CSV_DELIMITER] [--csv-header] [--json] [--list] [--server SERVER] [--exclude EXCLUDE] [--mini MINI] [--source SOURCE] [--timeout TIMEOUT] [--secure] [--no-pre-allocate] [--version] Command line interface for testing internet bandwidth using speedtest.net. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- https://github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --no-download Do not perform download test --no-upload Do not perform upload test --bytes Display values in bytes instead of bits. Does not affect the image generated by --share, nor output from --json or --csv --share Generate and provide a URL to the speedtest.net share results image, not displayed with --csv --simple Suppress verbose output, only show basic information --csv Suppress verbose output, only show basic information in CSV format. Speeds listed in bit/s and not affected by --bytes --csv-delimiter CSV_DELIMITER Single character delimiter to use in CSV output. Default "," --csv-header Print CSV headers --json Suppress verbose output, only show basic information in JSON format. Speeds listed in bit/s and not affected by --bytes --list Display a list of speedtest.net servers sorted by distance --server SERVER Specify a server ID to test against. Can be supplied multiple times --exclude EXCLUDE Exclude a server from selection. Can be supplied multiple times --mini MINI URL of the Speedtest Mini server --source SOURCE Source IP address to bind to --timeout TIMEOUT HTTP timeout in seconds. Default 10 --secure Use HTTPS instead of HTTP when communicating with speedtest.net operated servers --no-pre-allocate Do not pre allocate upload data. Pre allocation is enabled by default to improve upload performance. To support systems with insufficient memory, use this option to avoid a MemoryError --version Show the version number and exit
speedtest --simple --share for a quick speed test but the result was as follows.
Ping: 9.415 ms Download: 96.96 Mbit/s Upload: 3.97 Mbit/s Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/9318023497.png
That was unexpected, considering the upload speed is way too low, I decided to give the source a visit. If we look at the Github repository. we can notice a shorter and more quicker way to install and run the script. Use
curl method to get the script, give it the permission to execute using
chmod +x speedtest-cli parameter.
Running it using
./speedtest-cli --simple --share gave the result I expected.
Ping: 9.657 ms Download: 96.37 Mbit/s Upload: 115.51 Mbit/s Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/9318056559.png
I remove the pre-packaged
speedtest-cli from my server and kept the standalone script version. We can create a symbolic link for the script we downloaded from the
sudo ln -s ~/Documents/speedtest-cli /usr/local/bin/testspeed
The script should be accessible and executable from anywhere in the system using