How to Check Internet Download Speed

Check download speed from Linux Terminal

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  • It is a free utility that is fully customizable. The best way to check out your speed is to try adding download links of Ubuntu from various servers. Why Ubuntu? Because on its website you will find download links of various servers which can be used to check the download speed you are getting from around the world. 😉

    Lets say you are logged into a headless server (command line only) and you get a call about slow internet performance across network. Now of course there might be hundreds of reasons for slowness but you managed to narrow it down to the correction between your Gateway proxy and Upper stream provider. So, obviously before you call your Internet service provider and complain about slow connection you need to make sure exactly how slow the connection is right now. Ideally, if you were using a Desktop Manager, you could just fire-up a web browser and test your internet speed against sites like , or others. But you are in a headless server, no browser, no java, no flash. What to do? Well, fear not, you are using Linux and that means you can check download speed from Linux terminal easily. There are many different ways you can do it.

  • It is a free utility that is fully customizable. The best way to check out your speed is to try adding download links of Ubuntu from various servers. Why Ubuntu? Because on its website you will find download links of various servers which can be used to check the download speed you are getting from around the world. 😉To begin, go to File > Add URLs list, enter multiple download links(one link per line), and hit OK. You will see all URLs added to the list in the main window with their status as Waiting. You can now hit the Start Download Test icon to begin download. It will start downloading a small sample of the file one by one from the links provided. After the test is complete, you can compare the results. As you can see from the screenshot above, the download speed vary depending on which server is close to your location.It works on all versions of Windows. Both portable and installer versions are available. Enjoy!

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