Speedtest by Ookla App Reviews

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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.

Great free ap!

Great free ap! I appreciate Ookla offering free speed testing for so many years, and you’ve done it again with a nice little ap. I know you guys have to make money some how, and I’m sure it’s usually through advertising or data compiling, but this ap is super clean, free of advertisement, and works great. Thanks for your hard work!

packet loss results in-app, woohoo!

This is now a full replacement for both PingTest and SpeedTest websites. I would prefer if PingTest (e.g. packet loss) results were displayed front and center instead of buried in the menus. The more I test, the more I realize that any amount of packet loss will inhibit even the speediest connections.

No pingtest or packet loss testing

Since ping test.net is retiring, it would be nice if you would update the app for ping and packet loss tests. it says it has it on windows, but im not on windows, im on mac OS X el capitan. Please fix it. i rely and have relied on speed and pingtest.net for online gaming. I’m sad to see you go

It Best Update but Quit app is Slow.

it’s best app for test speed internet, i thing in the world. but new update on macOS sierra have littel Problem when app want quit. thanks Developers.

Thank you!

For removing it from the menu bar!

Difficult to select server

I think that one key point of such an app is to select the server with whom you want to make the test. The app selects the best possible server and allows to make some manual selection if wanted, but it is very difficult to select a server because there is no search. The onlilne app allows you to log-on and use your preferred server. This offline app does not allow this. Please add an option to chose and save preferred servers Thank you

Nice to have finally

I am happy to see this available in an app now, but why can’t it be logged in? I have hundreds of tests from before the app and there’s no way to log in for that history to be in my new app :( Because of this I continue to use the web based speed tests.


Hola, buenos días. Speedtest es una gran herramienta y rápida y estable. Felicidades.

Great update, needs one more thing...

Love the update, espaically the ability to differentiate between wifi and ethernet. However, and this applies ot the iOS app too, can you please allow us to login to our Ookla Speedtest accounts so we can track results across different devices?

The go-to app

Amazing app! Once they introduce login, it will be a 5 star experience. Keep up the amazing work guys!

Awesome update!

This update made this app perfect. Its exactly what I think it should be! Nice job and love the graphics too. They’re pretty neat.


Thank you Ookla, this app really helps on my Mac Computer and I just love it! I also use your Speedtest on my other Apple products and were happy with the release of this product.

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