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I have a 3G mobile broadband connection that keeps changing network speed according to location and time and so I relied heavily on this applet http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/how-to-display-network-upload-download.html to monitor my netspeed and to choose a good location and time to download big files.

Now this applet doesn't seem to run on Ubuntu 14.04 anymore. I love this release and I don't want to relapse into previous releases for this. So I need an alternative to this one that displays netspeed in digits unlike indicator multiload! Any help would be appreciated.

I found this applet here https://github.com/mgedmin/indicator-netspeed and I added it to startup applications like this:

cd indicator-netspeed && make && ./indicator-netspeed

but it does not start and so i created a file with this content:

#!/bin/bash

cd indicator-netspeed && make && ./indicator-netspeed

and added it to startup applications. Now it runs perfectly but it shows only download speed!

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There is a Command-Line Speed Test Utility on GitHub that tests both the upload and download speeds. You'd want to check the link for the correct checksums, but here's what I did:

wget -O speedtest-cli https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest_cli.py
chmod +x speedtest-cli
sha256sum speedtest-cli

You can list available servers using ./speedtest-cli --list, or you can just run it with no options to let it determine the best server to use.

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