NetSpeed – Display Download / Upload Speed in Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 Panel

Last updated: August 12, 2022 — 16 Comments

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.

For Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, please scroll down and see the update method to install the net speed indicator.

Install NetSpeed in Ubuntu 20.04:

In your web browser, simply go to extensions.gnome.org/extension/104/netspeed/

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

(UPDATE) Install Net Speed Indicator in Ubuntu 22.04:

Since Ubuntu 22.04 defaults to Firefox as Snap, which does not support installing Gnome extensions, there’s another way to install the indicator.

1. Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to install extension manager app:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

2. Next, click the top-left ‘Activities’, then search for and open the app:

3. Finally, search for and install ‘net speed’ in the “Browser” tab of the pop-up tool and enjoy!

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16 responses to NetSpeed – Display Download / Upload Speed in Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 Panel

  1. Hello Jim,

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

    Thanks in advance!

    Jerry

  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.

  7. Its work sir, thanks for tutorial, next time pls made content list to easly reader for searching the topic.

  8. Hello,
    For 22.04, I get the following error on step 1:
    “Unable to locate package gnome-shell-exension-manager”

    Help!

    • You have a typo, the package name should be “gnome-shell-extension-manager”.

      And, on a brand new installed system, try launching “Software Updater” to automatically refresh the package cache first.

    • just add t:)

      sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

      dont use
      sudo apt install gnome-shell-exension-manager

  9. Thanks working amazing on Ubuntu 22.04.1
    but,

    You are missing a “t”: extension instead of exension :)

    sudo apt install gnome-shell-exension-manager

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