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How To Test Your Internet Speed Using Terminal

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Today I will be showing you how to test your internet connection speed using terminal. Will be demonstrated on Linux, OSX and Windows.


Lets start with Linux, which should be very easy to do so. For Linux you do not have to download anything. The application is installed with it.

1. Open up terminal.
2. Type the following command.

wget -O /dev/null http://speedtest.wdc01.softlayer.com/downloads/test10.zip


For OSX, you have to download a separate application. If you do not have wget, you can install using the following commands.

curl -O http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/wget/wget-1.15.tar.gz
tar -xzf wget-1.16.tar.gz
cd wget-1.16

(To avoid  “GNUTLS not available” Error)

./configure --with-ssl=openssl
sudo make install

To check if everything was installed properly.

wget --help

Clean up by

cd ..&& rm -rf wget*

After wget has been installed, open terminal and enter the following commands. There it is. You can view your internet speed through terminal.

curl -o /dev/null http://speedtest.wdc01.softlayer.com/downloads/test10.zip


On Windows, go to, download “Complete package, except sources”. After the download has finished, open up the exe file and finish the installation. After that open up terminal and type the following commands.

C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\bin
wget http://speedtest.wdc01.softlayer.com/downloads/test500.zip

And that’s it. You have just found out your internet speed through CMD.

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Author: Shivniel Gounder

TheGeek : Writes about information security, privacy, cybersecurity and latest tech gadgets and more.

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