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:


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

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

2 Answers 2


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.


I created this one some months ago: https://github.com/dmisdani/netspeed_indicator

It is an indicator applet to monitor the system network speed and also the network speed per process and per device.

Latest Deb: netspeed-indicator_1.0.1_amd64.deb


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  • I cannot succeed to make that works : netspeed-indicator Traceback (most recent call last): File "/opt/netspeed-indicator/netspeed-indicator2.py", line 15, in <module> import appindicator File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/appindicator/__init__.py", line 27, in <module> from _appindicator import * ImportError: could not import gobject (could not find _PyGObject_API object)
    – cameleon
    Aug 30, 2015 at 13:24

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