Install Netspeed Indicator Applet in Ubuntu 14.04 Unity

April 29, 2014

netspeed indicator ubuntu 14.04

Indicator Network is a stupid traffic monitor applet for Ubuntu Unity, inspired by the old netspeed GNOME applet.

It displays the total current network traffic on system tray area on panel and you can check out the current download & upload speed from its drop-down menu.

netspeed indicator Ubuntu 14.04

The indicator will be put left of all your other indicators. If this is undesirable, the ordering index can be changed in gsettings:/apps/indicators/netspeed (use dconf-editor, available in Software Center).

netspeed indicator Ubuntu 14.04

To install this indicator applet:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, choose one method from below and run the commands one by one:

1. Compile from source (

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtop2-dev libgtk-3-dev libappindicator3-dev git-core

git clone git://

cd indicator-netspeed


sudo make install

Once installed, start the applet via:

indicator-netspeed &

You need to manually add this applet into Startup Applications (open it from Unity Dash).

2. Install from PPA (

Webupd8 Team has made this into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04. Add the PPA and install the applet via below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-netspeed

Once installed, netspeed indicator automatically starts at next login.

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8 responses to Install Netspeed Indicator Applet in Ubuntu 14.04 Unity

  1. Thanks for this!

  2. Unfortunately this applet doesn’t show the up and down speeds separately in the panel.

    To me this is essential for monitoring what is clogging my network.

    • @Wayne S: Overwrite your indicator-netspeed.c before compiling using this version and you will have them side by side ;-)

  3. Hello, Ji m thank’s for your article.

    i have question, i’ve installed netspeed applet with first methode via compile.
    my question is.. how to uninstall it? thank you for your time. :)

    • If you’re lucky, running sudo make uninstall in the indicator-netspeed directory (when you were running make install) will remove it. It’s up to the authors to provide that.

  4. i get this
    smkn@smkn-blo:~/indicator-netspeed$ \sudo make install
    install –mode=755 indicator-netspeed /usr/bin/
    install: cannot stat ‘indicator-netspeed’: No such file or directory
    make: *** [install] Error 1

  5. i like your trick….well done.
    but how to install .tar , .tar.gz , .tar.bz2

  6. loading kura kura October 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    thanks sir i m succes netspeed.png