Speedtest by Ookla App Reviews

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Need improvements

There is no way to choose different country for your test. It will only show servers on a 500 miles radio.

Needs Work For Gigabit Users

On the website itself using Firefox, I can test with the same server as the app and get 930+ down, and 900+ up. Using the app which connects to the same server, I cannot break more 400 down and 900+ up. I theorize it is due to the app using a webview powered by either webkit or blink web engines. These two (which includes any Chrome based or Safari browser) do not work well with the HTML5 speed test and seemingly cannot go above 400Mbps when testing on a gigabit connection. I do like the small footprint and concenience of the app, but without the download supporting gigabit properly, its not useful to me.

One site pony speed test

Pros: - Works faster than web SpeedTest equivalent. - The price is right Cons: - No way to set target server's geographic location.

Beautiful design, but...

They need to allow the needle to go up to 1Gbps.

Identical to the iPhone version (and that is a good thing)

If you have the iPhone version of this app, you now know exactly what this looks like and how it works. The only change I saw was the addition of a cancel test in the Menu bar. If you use the iPhone version, adding this to your Mac is a no brainer.

Choose Server?

Most of my Internet “needs” are from servers located in Chicago, IL. In the browser based and mobile version of Ookla’s Speedtest, I can choose Chicago, but not in the desktop version? You’d have that fifth star if I could choose the city I want to test connection speeds!

Just notice that you had a Mac Desktop app!!

I have been a longtime Ookla Speedtest user for many moons…. I retired from IBM in 2008 with 30 years of working with computers/networks Speedtest has been my go to network test for as long as I can remember. I always found that depending on your web browser you could get different results and its far better to have a local run application to cut out as much of noise from applications to get a truer picture of what your results are. This app is well put together and the options it gives you are just what is needed with no extra fluff. The response is quick and the reporting is reliable, free from all the overhead of the browser and any cache etc that can and would be in the way. The options of saving your test along with running it in the menu bar and haveing the capability of uploading it to about 23 different places (depending on your Mac’s configuration) listed under your System Preferences/Extensions/Share Menu You still have the option of selecting where you want to test to. If is set automaticly to the closest point from you ISP. The graphical interface showing in a line graph of both incoming and outgoing testing shows how smooth or dirty you results can be. With showing a more flatline giving you the cleaner results of your ISP.

Do it.

I have been using Speedtest since I knew that you could test your internet speed. This app is beautiful, simple, and powerful. I highly recommend you use it, especially with the destruction of net neutrality.

Very Clean Refresh

Ookla Speed Test really nailed it with this refresh. looks super slick and up to date, added some small but significant features, overall my favorite speedtest application I’ve encountered. I’ve used it on iOS for years, and it’s the first application I’ve downloaded on my new Macbook. I’m pleased to see it’s just as effective and well designed on both platforms. Good work!

I used it to test out changes to my WI-FI network

I started out with 2.4 G Wi-Fi, improved it to 5G. Then had to add an extender because of the layout of the house. I used Speed test to make sure I was acutually improving things as I tested out different locations for my extender. Now I am on Google Fiber and I was amazed at how much your signal drops when it is no longer line of sight to the primary node. It is a least a 50% drop. Adding more Nodes to create a mesh helps with dead spots but doesn’t do much for speed. When I was on AT&T you could see how much your speed would drop on nights with inclement weather and everyone was staying home streaming movies etc. I look forward to seeing how much Google drops on bad weather nights.

good but...

Two things missing: 1- changing unit 2- logging in

Essential Tool

I use this app regularly to see if my ISP is throttling me. I have the app on my phone too.


I always use the SpeedTest site and this app is a perfectly executed compliment! As a developer myself my hat goes off to this dev / team on finding the perfect mix of form and function. Thanks for crafting such a great user experience.

A great app that should set the standard for any desktop version

Although I was originally detered from downloading this app for use on my personal MacBook since, according to the description, the app "lives in your macOS menu bar". Upon first launch it was a standalone app (bonus points for not being one of those horrible Electron apps!) that did not live in the Menu Bar, although that setting could be toggled easily. The app also quits when you close the window! I get notifications when the tests are done, which is useful for when I want to run my Internet speed test in the background. The app's result history, which is unusually tucked in the preference area, has a list view and a detailed view for each test. The detailed view logs your ISP, latitude, and longitude, which can be a privacy concern for some users (not including me). Result logs can be deleted individually, or shared using macOS's native share sheet. Overall this is a well-polished app with many small details that make the user experience better. Although it would be nice to have scheduled tests, the current features have a lot of thought put into them.

Functions I think are useful

I really like the app, it’s powerful, but I think that still need some modifications. About menu bar function: Need a response when internet is working on the logo, maybe like as the color green to sim and red to not (it's not necessary a constant, can be times when times). An other fuction: The app would can open with the sistem, would be very Convenient.

No login but good

Doesnt let you login so your results aren’t saved (which i like to save results around the world in my profile). But aside from that its fine.

Not accurate at all; has to be force quit

Running this while trying to open a website. The internet is currently running at about 2G speeds. It may be just something with my computer, but still—if this app is showing 30-40MBS (which is great for the remote area where I live) and I’m having trouble at that time even opening a simple website, something is off. I have no idea what’s going on with this, but it’s not helpful. I’d love to give this a great review, because it would be really helpful if it corresponded to my experience, but it simply doesn’t.

A beautifully designed experience

What can I say? It’a an easy and convinient way of checking my internet speeds and I no longer have to boot up a browser to do so. It’s a beautifully designed app. Clean, modern and simple to navigate. Great work guys! I do want to mention a current problem that I’m experiencing though, with version 1.3 specifically. I’m using MacOS High Sierra on a 2017 iMac and whenever I run the application (start a speed test) it freezes and locks up my computer until it restarts. Not exactly a small bug, but it’s something that’s prevented me from using it the past week or so. Not exactly sure when this happened, but it could be High Sierra causing this. Hopefully you guys will be able to find and squash this bug!

Lightweight, does what it’s meant to do.

I really don’t know what the word “accurate” would mean in the context of measuring download/upload speeds over the internet, but Ookla’s speed test service is great in that it reflects the real-world performance you can expect. Especially since the app version doesnt have the extra overhead of flash + all the other clutter on the web version. One thing I sort of wish it had was the option to choose the network interface to use for testing. I don’t think this can be done, maybe the SC api could be used to temporarily change network settings, but that would be disruptive… Or maybe it could be done at low low level using bsd sockets, but then this would dissociate it from the real-world speeds using NSURL… Really hope someone can think of a clever way though!

Convenient and Easy to Use

I’ve used Speedtest for years to help determine the current state of a high speed internet connection. Having this on my laptop is easier to conduct that test. One option I’d like to see added is the ability to search for a server. I’ve had need to test on occassion with a server located across the country (US) and the desktop version only provides a choice of servers in your “region” or to have the app select the server automatically. The ability to search for the server is available in the browser version of the test and it would be a plus to have that same feature available in the desktop app as well.

Nice app. Please add functionality...

As always, the Speedtest app is top quality. I would like to see a feature added to schedule a regular speed test at selectable intervals, e.g. every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours. Please consider adding this feature.

Intuitive and responsive

I was just scrolling the top free apps on the mac app store and saw this. I use SpeedTest anytime I want to see the status of my connection but didn’t know it was an app. I’ll be honest my first thought was, why is this an app if I can just open safari and click on it in my bookbark bar? Then I downloaded the app and realized it was more responsive and gives an alert when the test is complete. Also now that I think about it the history of your speeds should be stored permanetly as long as the app exists on a computer. This is an advantage over safari because if you clear cache, cookies, and history, this connection speed data I’m pretty sure is also deleted. Overall, beautful design, awesome color scheme, smooth ainmations, and time tested functionality. P.S. It can be put in the menu bar!

Works great!

I like pretty much everything about this app. I was skeptical at first but it’s great! The only improvement I think it really needs is a little notation on each test server so you know which ones support the packet loss tests. It wasn’t a problem previously because the PingTest.net site was still up, but now that they’ve killed it your only option is to run a test on each server in your region until you find one that’s run the packet loss test. (hint: most university hosts seem to do it.) Other than this minor thing I love it.

Way off from the website

I ran several tests side by side with the web version. On the web I get 176.77 Download, 21.01 upload (14ms latency); on the app: 14.5 download, 6.15 upload (13ms latency). Even when done at the same time. Unless I am doing something wrong, this does not work.

Love Ookla

Their tests are the easiest to use and easiest to understand! Menu bar option is cool.

Selects Wrong Location - No Way to Overide

This tool runs incredibly quick versus the website version that I got inconsisent results on (sometimes it worked and sometimes it just didn’t). The frustrating part is for some reason it is geolocating my IP address on the east coast and the app is only giving me servers on the east coast (I’m on the West Coast). There doesn’t appear to be a way to override the location or manually select servers that are closer to me - I can only select servers that are with 300 miles or so of where it THINKS I am. Would love to see this fixed. Aside from that - it appears to do as advertised.

Great App

By using a dedicated app vs the website, you’ll get a better understanding of what it is behind the scenes that slow your network down. Web Browsers have a LOT of overhead- and this eliminates that overhead to give you accurate results. I’ve used Speedtest since the 90’s and can tell you it’s the best!

Good app, but could use a couple tweaks

Ive been a long-time user of SpeedTest from back when it was a browser-only app. Not going to find a better assessment of your Internet speed. That said, I noticed a couple of things that Ookla might want to tweak to make it better. (1) The app doesn’t seem to auto-update the testing server it uses. For example, if you are in Dubai one day and then use the app in Miami a week later, the app still runs tests using the Dubai-based server. You have to re-start the app to get a new server locale. (2) Along those lines, the app takes a loooooong time to quit so that users can re-start it. I have a MacBook Pro 2017 model and it takes almost 45-60 seconds for the app to quit. (3) I noticed that the app hammers my fierewall trying to get my usage information out to google-analytics.com. (I have a rule blocking all outbound app-spying traffic, sorry.) It wasn’t just one or two pings — it was a constant barrage of traffic. Maybe give users the option to ‘opt out’ of providing stats? Keep up the good work.

Better than browser based app

The app is better than the browser/flash based version, in my opinion. The best part of the app is that it has credibility with the several ISPs I’ve had. I just wish it had a way to show specifics fo drop-outs (when it dips below, say 1mb/s). I’d also like the ability to run a 24 hour test, where it checked the speed at a reasonable interval so I could show my ISP when I’m not getting the bandwidth I’m paying for.

Ookla rocks!

I have this on my iOS devices, and now thrilled to have it on the iMac. It verified my speed upgrade. Keep up the good work!

Very helpful app

I have been using the website and iOS app for years. Happy to see the app available on MacOS. The ability to print a standardized report, which one can forward to an ISP or the client, would make the app even more helpful - and deseve my fifth star.

Can’t choose distant sites

I am trying to build a case against Virgin Media who do a terrible job routing IP accross the “pond”. We have a 200Mbps line in Dublin but although speedtest in Dublin demonstrates 200Mbps there, if I pick a server in the Los Angeles area, I only get around 0.59Mbps. I was going to try out your APP on my Mac but I cannot select a server in Dublin from here in Irvine. Just to be sure it was not an issue with the browser. Is there a way to expand the server selection list?

Beautiful UX/UI! This Dev Team should coach others… ;)

This app is fantastically designed; the UI/UX leave (almost) nothing to be desired. I love it. I am leaving a review here because the Developer team seems to be extremely response! I appreciate that; I am hoping for support for the following two issues: #1: How do I search for a server, like I can do on the website? Or choose a server more than 900mi away? I am in Japan and I want to test my connection to the US servers. #2: I wish I could reach out somehow for support or feedback without posting here. Could you add that feature (or an email address) in the future?

Jitter stats available!

I love that jitter information is made available! This is perfect to allow us to diagnose “choppy” audio connections from employee home internet connections.


file size is really small, 7.2 MB, Simple minimal UI and top of all, no ADS! Totally great.

Not as accurate as the website

I’ve been troubleshooting some speed issues and relying on this app as a tool. When I run my 500M connection speed test with this app I get download speeds of 70-80Mbps and uploads of 93Mbps. When I used the website I get 350Mbps down/92Mbps up. This is a significant difference in speed! These tests are within a minute of each other. So I cannot trust the results of this app at this time. Its design and function is great - but the most important aspect of being reliable, not so much.

Frequently can’t quit the app

The app frequently goes into a state where you can’t quit it. You then have to use “Force Quit Applications” to stop it. When it is in this state it will prevent the machine from rebooting. Besides this but, it is a good app.

Great App

I’ve been using the iOS version of this app for some time and just found the OS version. It does just what it says it will do and does it in such a way that the ISP providers never question the results that I share with them. I live in a frontier area ( that’s out in the sticks for you city fellas and gals) and our broadband connections 😂 are less than adequate most of the time, thus requiring frequent checks the speeds the ISPs promised and we are paying for. Thanks for a great app!

Webmaster Review

I have been designing websites since 1981… Yes, I am THAT old. I have been using SpeedTest since about 1990 and have found that it returns reliable results. Not consistent… RELIABLE. There is a difference. There are any number of factors that can affect your upload and download speeds, but this will at least allow you to get a realistic overview of your situation. It needs to be noted that as with a chain, speed is only as fast as its fastest component. There are slow websites, slow computers, and more importantly slow routers. Speed is also affected by others using your network, games or programs that are active, and even TSR programs (Terminate and Stay Resident) that you may not even think of. If you are NOT getting the results you expect, check some of these weak links. I have not used THIS app yet. I am only downloading it at this moment, but I would bet good money that it is just as stable as their program has been for these past 30 years that I have been a loyal follower.

Getting a read on how my laptop is doing

We have 2 dedicated WIFI sources in household because of the number of items needing connections. All of mine are oon the lower speed connections as it was put to me, I don't need high speed for what i do. Some one gaming or doing constant downloads will need the higher speeds. I just used the app today 6/2/17 to check my connection speed and within 3-4 ms I got the results for both downloads and upload speeds. Considering I have cookie blockers on laptop, the speed is fair. We have Verizon Fios connection and just upgraded the wiring connection because of problems and was glad to see we made the right decision. This speed test ap will help me monitor when I see connection slowing. Thanks for the great app so easy to use.

Nice looking but no kB/s!

I like everything aout this speedtest, it’s clean, easy to use. But there’s no kB/s for common user to select. Highly recommond you add kB/s as a option to choose (just like you guys did on iOS version); more over a MB/s will be most welcomed since the interest speed is raising day by day

Program won’t quit...

When trying to select "Quit Speedtest" from any of the options in the program it does not quit. Running on Mac OS X version 10.12.5 (16F73) with Speedtest version 1.3

Jitter and packet loss needs to be more visible

Had I not read the other reviews on here, I would have had absolutely no clue on how to find this info. I agree with the other review comments on here. It would be nice if the options button (in the top right) had a check box to enable packet loss and jitter test so that it only shows servers who support that and that can be a seperate item to see altogether. Or at least have it show which servers support those extra options and make it more visible in the main view when you click on the results. I had to click on that settings/options button, then the specific result in the history to view that extra data. The main reason I loaded this app was going to pingtest.net says it’s been retired and to use the app. So it would be better to see these results up front if that makes sense.

Glad to find this

I’ve used Ookla on my iPad for years, so I’m really glad you now have an app for OS. Very happy.

Better then the brower version.

Small file, accurate and less resource hungry then testing with a browser.

Does just what it should

Very easy to use, nice that one can customize if needed but otherwise straightforward. Good that it remembers past results.

Needs to denote servers supporting Packet Loss

When selecting servers to test, there’s no indication which ones do not support the Packet Loss test. One only finds this out after the fact. As a result you have to try other local servers until you find one that supports it. I’d strongly recommend they indicate which servers do/don’t support the Packet Loss test. Perhaps an asterisk, bold, italicized server names to indicate such would help. Otherwise the app is great. One potential issue is that there’s extra work when consulting and having to get clients to download the app rather than simply check on a web link.

SpeedTest Desktop App revealed speed probs with my network browser

I use Safari on MacOS 10.12.4 (latest as of this review). My browser was showing abysmal connection speeds (sometimes timing out). After downloading the desktop speedtest app - I could see my true network speed (50mbps asymmetrical) - so something screwy with my browser (malware infected? Or is it just ISP filtering/blocking/generally mucking things up). That explains a LOT.

The Best speed test service availble

I have been using Speedtest.net for years and the service gets better and better each year. I have alwyas wanted a MacOS app simular to the iOS counter parts. Better than expected, clean simple and straight to the point hidden in menu bar. The only suggesgtion I have is a bug report option and a feedback tab somewhere in settings. Possibly add a few more options that are availibe to the browser version like server lists, and measurement adjustments.

Great App

Love the new app but a few things need changed. The ping test results (jitter and packet loss) really need to be on main screen. Also Packet Loss is only measured if testing to a supported server. Would be nice to list which servers support this feature instead of just having to test a few and see if the packet loss shows up. Or just have option on run test to include packet loss and allow the app to pick a server that supports packet loss testing.

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