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

28782 active golfers, 342824 entries, 491 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Rural Post - 408 entries

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

prepend * to every non-blank line - 3784 entries

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

Satisfy the go linter - 499 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?

Add semicolons - 8518 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 30752 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 - 6571 entries

Create a box around a line.

One number per line - 16892 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Yo To Hello - 521 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

Add quotes to ansible playbook - 190 entries

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

I forgot quotes - 14691 entries


xrandr outputs and dashes - 330 entries

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

Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 499 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

From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 381 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.

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3036 entries

easy stuff

Just the middle - 10565 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Python: Def to Lambda - 51 entries


Line under headers - 1541 entries

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

Words in parens - 12151 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Multiline to Single Line - 139 entries

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

Bad Copy Syntax - 1670 entries

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

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10184 entries


Com(m)a Trouble - 2908 entries

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

Quote modules - 741 entries

Complete golang import statement.

Vice versa - 6999 entries

Little role switching.

Applying same text modification in several lines - 2523 entries

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

One to Ten - 1805 entries

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

Get mail address from outlook format - 400 entries

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

Simple text editing with Vim - 11103 entries

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

Swap values inside brackets - 2213 entries

Easy challenge.

Turn the x - 38 entries

Turn the x to a +

Hogwarts Email Sorting - 587 entries

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

Aliases for cd - 553 entries

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

Swap values - 4223 entries

Well, swap the values...

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 846 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

Basic renumbering - 5193 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Data reformat - 119 entries

Reformat this copy-paste data! #csv

ninja substitution - 1050 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Reorder the groups - 935 entries

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

Collect List - 3956 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

V to the i - 4425 entries

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

Alphabet soup - 168 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

Add string initializers to an enum - 646 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

Capitalize the Names - 132 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

Array transposition - 2047 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Unsemantic linewrapping - 663 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:

Every other line - 2563 entries


Format the CSS - 26 entries

You just copied some CSS color names from the web and need to add them to your python module. Create the COLORS variable and assign a dict() with the names as keys and hex-colors as values. BEWARE OF THE TABS!!

Mr. Hacker - 17 entries

Elvin is hacker. He has piece of users database from some social net site. Recently he installed Vim, and he wants to convert CSV DB to specific format `key=value' where `key' is login and `value' is password, but password in DB is encrypted in ROT13. Help him.

Levenshtein distance - 39 entries

Compute distance for each pair. Notice that this recursive implementation is very inefficient. Wagner-Fischer algorithm is iterative and much faster. #vimscript

Copy three lines - 2516 entries

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

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