How To Install speedtest-cli on Debian 11

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install speedtest-cli on Debian 11. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update speedtest-cli.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install speedtest-cli

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is speedtest-cli and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Debian 11. This guide was written specifically with a server running Debian 11 in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install speedtest-cli on Debian 11. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install speedtest-cli using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install speedtest-cli using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install speedtest-cli

Install speedtest-cli using apt

Because speedtest-cli is available in Debian 11’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install speedtest-cli using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install speedtest-cli

Install speedtest-cli using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Debian 11. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install speedtest-cli by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install speedtest-cli

How to upgrade (update) a single package speedtest-cli using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the speedtest-cli, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install speedtest-cli

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall speedtest-cli from Debian 11

To uninstall only the speedtest-cli package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove speedtest-cli

Uninstall speedtest-cli and all its dependencies

To uninstall speedtest-cli and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Debian 11, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove speedtest-cli

Remove speedtest-cli with all configurations and data

To remove speedtest-cli configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge speedtest-cli

Remove speedtest-cli completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to speedtest-cli package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge speedtest-cli

Extra info and code examples

  • Run a speed test:
    speedtest-cli
  • Run a speed test and generate a shareable result picture:
    speedtest-cli --share
  • Print a list of all speedtest.net servers, sorted by distance, to file:
    speedtest-cli --list > speedtest_servers.txt
  • Run a speed test to the given speedtest.net server id:
    speedtest-cli --server server_id

Conclusion

You now have a full guide on how to install speedtest-cli using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the speedtest-cli from Debian 11.

See also:

How To Install speedtest-cli on CentOS 8

How To Install speedtest-cli on Kali Linux

How To Install speedtest-cli on Debian 11

How To Install speedtest-cli on Fedora 34

How To Install speedtest-cli on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install speedtest-cli on Ubuntu 21.04

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