Netspeed is the gnome app indicator that displays network upload and download speed in panel. This tutorial will show you the replacement of netspeed indicator in Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10 Unity panel.

  • Replacement 1. indicator-netspeed is a network speed indicator for Unity, inspired by the old netspeed GNOME applet.

    To install this indicator, open terminal from the dash home and:

    • 1. install the dependencies:

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

    • 2. create a folder for git_project and download the code.
      mkdir git_project && cd git_project
      git clone git://
    • 3. do make
    • 4. launch the indicator:
  • Replacement 2. Use indicator-sysmonitor with a bash script to display network upload and download:

    • 1. Launch terminal from the dash home and install indicator-sysmonitor with 3 commands:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexeftimie/ppa
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install indicator-sysmonitor
    • 2. Install dstat:
      sudo apt-get install dstat
    • 3. Right click -> Save link as on this:

      Then give this script executable privilege on its Properties -> Permissions window.

    • 4. Launch indicator-sysmonitor, in preferences -> Advanced tab, choose use this command, then input path-to-script.