How To Install Speedtest-cli On a CentOS / RHEL / Scientific / Fedora Linux To Check Internet Speed


do not want to use Adobe flash based speed testing site due to security concern on my desktop. How do I install Speedtest-cli on a CentOS Linux or Fedora Linux or Red Hat Enterise Linux (RHEL) for checking the Internet speed?


Adobe Flash vulnerabilities are a major security issue for Linux users and use Adobe Flash. But, you can check the Internet speed with Python based CLI tool called Speedtest-cli. In this quick tutorial you will learn how to install speedtest-cli on a CentOS/RHE/Fedora/Scientific Linux desktop server or or laptop computer.

Step 1: Install python

Type the following yum command to install Python on a CentOS/RHEL/Scientific Linux:

$ sudo yum install python


Type the following dnf command to install Python on a Fedora Linux v22+:

$ sudo dnf install python

Step 2: Download

Type the following wget command to grab the client:

$ wget -O speedtest-cli

$ chmod +x speedtest-cli


Fig.01: Grab

Step 3: Check the Internet speed

Simply type the following command:

$ ./speedtest-cli



$ python speedtest-cli


Sample outputs:

Retrieving configuration…

Retrieving server list…

Testing from nixcraft Dutch Holdings BV (5.151.xx.yyy)…

Selecting best server based on latency…

Hosted by SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. (Amsterdam) [6.45 km]: 2.317 ms

Testing download speed………………………………….

Download: 925.88 Mbit/s

Testing upload speed…………………………………………..

Upload: 105.69 Mbit/s

To see speed values in bytes instead of bits pass the –bytes option:

$ ./speedtest-cli –bytes


To generate and provide a URL to the share results image pass the –share option:

$ ./speedtest-cli –share


Of course, you can combine both the options:

$ ./speedtest-cli –share –bytes


Sample outputs:

Gif.01: in action

How do I specify a server ID to test against?

First, grab a server list, enter:

$ wget


To view a server ID, enter:

$ more speedtest-servers.php


To search a server ID, enter:

$ grep  city-name  speedtest-servers.php

$ grep  country-name  speedtest-servers.php

$ grep  Tampa, FL  speedtest-servers.php

<server url=  lat= 27.9709  lon= -82.4646  name= Tampa, FL  country= United States  cc= US  sponsor= Hivelocity Hosting  id= 2137   host=  />

<server url=  lat= 27.9709  lon= -82.4646  name= Tampa, FL  country= United States  cc= US  sponsor= Rapid Systems  id= 1296   host=  />

OR just display a server ID:

$ grep  Tampa, FL  speedtest-servers.php | egrep -o  id= [0-9]{4}


Sample outputs:

id= 2137

id= 1296

Next use the server ID 2137:

$ ./speedtest-cli –server 2137


Sample outputs:

Fig.02: speedtest-cli in action

Not a fan of

No worries. Try wget, lftp or specilized tool like iperf on a Linux to test the Internet or Intranet speed from the command line.



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