Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

Pick a challenge, fire up Vim, and show us what you got.

Changelog, Rules & FAQ, updates: @vimgolf, RSS.

Your VimGolf key: please sign in

$ gem install vimgolf
$ vimgolf setup
$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

29684 active golfers, 358514 entries, 498 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

swap number pairs - 371 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

Rural Post - 2457 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

prepend * to every non-blank line - 5139 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

Add semicolons - 9572 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32018 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

Box it - 7238 entries

Create a box around a line.

One number per line - 17679 entries

Just give me the numbers.

HS Final exam vimgolf - 182 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

Satisfy the go linter - 1169 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

I forgot quotes - 15248 entries


Just the middle - 10891 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3263 entries

easy stuff

Words in parens - 12439 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Yo To Hello - 751 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10391 entries


Line under headers - 1707 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

Com(m)a Trouble - 3078 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 738 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

Vice versa - 7215 entries

Little role switching.

Bad Copy Syntax - 1794 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

Applying same text modification in several lines - 2609 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

Simple text editing with Vim - 11231 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

Quote modules - 867 entries

Complete golang import statement.

From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 510 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

One to Ten - 1945 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread:

Swap values inside brackets - 2336 entries

Easy challenge.

xrandr outputs and dashes - 409 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

Swap values - 4313 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 5320 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Add quotes to ansible playbook - 319 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

Hogwarts Email Sorting - 707 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 957 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

Aliases for cd - 660 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

Collect List - 4063 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Get mail address from outlook format - 467 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

V to the i - 4523 entries

Input is 99 V's. Output is 100 i's.

ninja substitution - 1116 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Put a cross in the square - 25 entries

Put a cross in the square

Reorder the groups - 976 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

Every other line - 2712 entries


Array transposition - 2144 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Easy modification of ssh config - 62 entries

Just add another alias to each worker

ssh config skills - 99 entries

Parse output from `kuebctl get no -o wide` into an .ssh/config file!

Change double quotes to single quotes, but with a twist - 142 entries

Although this challenge is in the context of a Python function, you don't need to know Python to do this challenge. It is to add contexts and interesting constraints. The file contains a function that prints a multi-line string literal. I wrote the string literal with double quotes, but then I decided to use single quotes instead, and that's your challenge. However, interestingly enough, the string itself contains single and double quotes. This means, inside the string literal, the originally escaped double quotes no longer need to be escaped, but the single quotes now need to be escaped. Note that the triple double quotes in the docstring should be left alone.

Copy three lines - 2672 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5745 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

Unsemantic linewrapping - 738 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

Team names - 1718 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Add string initializers to an enum - 693 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

Multiline to Single Line - 207 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

VimGolf Chatter