CLI: Test internet speed with Fast

  • A good alternative to speedtest-cli.

If you want to check the current internet speed from the command-line, you can use a utility called fast – a minimal zero-dependency script, written in Go language for testing your internet download speed from the terminal, which is powered by Fast.com – Netflix

Source: Fast - Test Your Internet Download Speed in Linux

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Installation:

$ curl -L https://github.com/ddo/fast/releases/download/v0.0.4/fast_linux_amd64 -o fast

OR

$ wget https://github.com/ddo/fast/releases/download/v0.0.4/fast_linux_amd64 -O fast

Once insallation is complete:

chmod +x fast

Test command:

./fast

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Since it isn’t a hidden file, I create a hidden folder in my home directory called .fast, then place the executable fast file in there.

Next, create a bash alias:

alias st="/home/keith/.fast/fast"

  • For this alias, I chose “st” to represent “speed test”

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That’s all.

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