How to install self hosted speedtest on your server

When you want to check how fast/good is your internet connection, you usually do a speedtest. In some cases, you may even want to host such speedtest in your infrastructure (Local network, network of customers,…) or just to provide such service to your community.

GitHub - librespeed/speedtest: Self-hosted Speedtest for HTML5 and more.  Easy setup, examples, configurable, mobile friendly. Supports PHP, Node,  Multiple servers, and more

Speedtest is a HTML5 self-hosted speedtest that can be installed easily on your server. It offers basic features such as:

  • Download
  • Upload
  • Ping
  • Jitter
  • IP Address
  • Telemetry (optional)

You can give it a try using the official demo.

Now, let’s see how to install speedtest on your own server (Debian in my case)


You will need first to have a LAMP server. If it is not the case, you can check my previous tutorial on how to install a LAMP server on Debian 9.

1) Install basic requirements

In root (or with sudo), simply run:

apt install libapache2-mod-php php-mcrypt

2) Tweak Apache and PHP configurations

You will need to set the “KeepAlive On” function in Apache and to increase the size limit/memory limit of PHP. Still in root, or with sudo, run:

nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

and look for the value KeepAlive. Ensure it is “on” and uncommented.

Now modify php configuration:

nano /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini

And modify the values:

max_execution_time = 90 max_input_time = 90 memory_limit = 128M post_max_size = 50M upload_max_filesize = 50M

And restart Apache

service apache2 restart

3) Clone their repo

You will need git first, then you can clone

apt install git
cd /var/www
git clone
cd speedtest

Now select one of the speedtest design example to be the main page. You can have more detail here. The best starting point is the example-pretty.html. Simply copy it as index.html

cp example-gauges.html index.html

4) Create a dedicated virtualhost

To server this page as a domain name or subdomain name, you can create a dedicated virtualhost. Here is how I did

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/speedtest.conf

And add

<VirtualHost *:80>

        ServerAdmin [email protected]
        ServerName speed.domain.tld
        DocumentRoot /var/www/speedtest

        <Directory /var/www/speedtest>
           Options FollowSymLinks
           AllowOverride All
           Require all granted

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/speedtest_error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/speedtest_access.log combined


Enable the configuration

sudo a2ensite speedtest

and reload your configuration

systemctl reload apache2

Now you should have access to your own speedtest!

That’s it!

You can do further tweak on the configuration, especially on the TCP part, as explained in their github repo.

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