There are different possibilities to run internet speed tests from Linux (and unix) commandline. But personally I don't always want to install extra applications on the servers.
Because of that, I use the following command line. The only thing what is needed, is wget & python. Those 2 product are most of the time already installed.

 

wget -O - https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py | python

It should return something like this:

[user@host~]# wget -O - https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py | python
--2017-03-02 00:32:30--  https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py
Resolving raw.github.com (raw.github.com)... 151.101.192.133, 151.101.0.133, 151.101.128.133, ...
Connecting to raw.github.com (raw.github.com)|151.101.192.133|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py [following]
--2017-03-02 00:32:30--  https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py
Resolving raw.githubusercontent.com (raw.githubusercontent.com)... 151.101.192.133, 151.101.0.133, 151.101.128.133, ...
Connecting to raw.githubusercontent.com (raw.githubusercontent.com)|151.101.192.133|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 44521 (43K) [text/plain]
Saving to: ‘STDOUT’

100%[==================================================================================================================================>] 44,521      --.-K/s   in 0.006s

2017-03-02 00:32:31 (6.57 MB/s) - written to stdout [44521/44521]

Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Testing from MYSERVER (178.19.10.125)...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by Tilaa B.V. (Amsterdam) [1.75 km]: 4.388 ms
Testing download speed................................................................................
Download: 231.99 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed....................................................................................................
Upload: 161.19 Mbit/s
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