NetSpeed – Display Download / Upload Speed in Ubuntu 20.04 Panel

Last updated: April 24, 2022 — 10 Comments

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Need an indicator applet to display internet download and upload speed in the top panel of Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Shell?

NetSpeed used to be an old Gnome applet, then an indicator for Unity desktop. Now it’s a Gnome Shell extension that displays real time internet speed for all network interfaces.

How to Install NetSpeed in Ubuntu 20.04:

In your web browser, simply go to

If you don’t see the toggle icon, do:

  • Click the link text “click here to install browser extension” and follow the pop-ups to install the browser extension:

    shell browser extension

  • Then open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command:
    sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Finally refresh the extension page, toggle on and click ‘install’ in the confirm pop-up.

To manage the Gnome Shell extension, either use ‘Extensions‘ utility or Gnome Tweak Tool, both are available in Ubuntu Software.

How to Uninstall the applet:

To remove the extension, you may either re-open the web-page via the previous link and turn off the toggle icon.

Or, open terminal and run command to install “Gnome Extensions” app:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs

After that, search for and launch the tool, which allows to manage all extensions installed on your system.

App to Manage your extensions


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10 responses to NetSpeed – Display Download / Upload Speed in Ubuntu 20.04 Panel

  1. Hello Jim,

    Anyway to get NetSpeed Monitor for “Ubuntu-unity-desktop” 20.04 LTS?

    Thanks in advance!


  2. thx its work fine !

  3. how to change the unit from bit to bytes
    For eg; it shows in kilobit, not showing in kilobyte

  4. hey… i am using kali linux.. and i need a internet speed monitor. gnome shell extensions are not for kali linux.. can you please suggest me how to install a internet speed monitor for kali linux

    • It depends on which DE you use. Kali Linux has XFCE4, KDE Plasma, and GNOME. For KDE, there’s a Netspeed Widget available in KDE Store.

      For XFCE4, use either xfce4-netload-plugin (sudo apt install xfce4-netload-plugin) or Network monitor applet. By adding the applet to panel, it will work after selecting network device. And use “ip addr” to list available network interfaces, they are usually eth0, eth1. wlan0, wlan1, wlo1, etc.

  5. thanks, Thank you very much, I’ve been looking for this tutorial for a long time. Previously I used Windows OS using the Netspeed Monitor application, I finally found the alternative

  6. Hey How to Remove it After Installing. As In my Laptop it has been showing 6 Speedmeters.

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