Fast – Test Your Internet Download Speed in Linux

If your internet download speed seems poor, you most likely go at Speedtest.net and check, yes?. As this is the easiest way to test the speeds that we’re getting from our internet service provider, and it’s been a most liked choice for years.

But Netflix’s own speed testing service – Fast.com, a free, fast and simple tool that allows users to check their current Internet download and upload speed with latency in its excellent clean, ad-free interface. Since it uses Netflix’s own servers to test, so you can easily track if your ISP is throttling your speed.

Just head over to Fast.com to do a speed test of your current internet download speed.

Test Internet Download Speed

Test Internet Download Speed

If you want to check the current internet speed of your Linux server 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 and runs on Linux, Windows and Mac.


This speed testing tool is very simple and has no options whatsoever. Simply, download binary file for your architecture (fast_linux_amd64 for 64bit systems) in your home directory, set execute permission and run it directly from the terminal to test your server Internet speed.

$ wget https://github.com/ddo/fast/releases/download/v0.0.4/fast_linux_amd64 -O fast
$ chmod +x fast
$ ./fast
Linux Server Internet Speed Test

Linux Server Internet Speed Test

If you want, you can install it under /usr/local/bin directory on any Linux distribution by using the following commands.

$ wget https://github.com/ddo/fast/releases/download/v0.0.4/fast_linux_amd64 $ sudo install fast_linux_amd64 /usr/local/bin/fast
$ fast
Install Fast.com Tool in Linux

Install Fast.com Tool in Linux

You can also install Fast on any Linux distribution using snap (requires snapd to be installed on the system).

$ snap install fast

That’s all! In this article, we have explained how to check current Internet download and upload speed of Linux systems using Fast.com speed testing service.

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