Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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24379 active golfers, 268035 entries, 424 challenges

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Box it - 1911 entries

Create a box around a line.

Simple, Practical, and Common - 24044 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.

simple format - 2376 entries

make it look better.

One number per line - 12155 entries

Just give me the numbers.

html paragraph to table - 250 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1282 entries

easy stuff

ninja substitution - 269 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

I forgot quotes - 11379 entries


One to Ten - 774 entries

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

Applying same text modification in several lines - 1469 entries

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

Just the middle - 8983 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Com(m)a Trouble - 1277 entries

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

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 316 entries

Clean and group.

Cool or not? - 379 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

Words in parens - 10849 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9382 entries


Swap values inside brackets - 1331 entries

Easy challenge.

Vice versa - 5791 entries

Little role switching.

Increment each number - 393 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Simple text editing with Vim - 10277 entries

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

Delete to the end of the current line - 383 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

Swap values - 3420 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 4511 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Put the months in order - 373 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

Team names - 1397 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 358 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

Collect List - 3411 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Array transposition - 1515 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

convert yml into java pojo field - 620 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

move titles next to url, in quotes - 243 entries

had trouble with something similar

V to the i - 3801 entries

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

Every other line - 2042 entries


Copy three lines - 1983 entries

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

Resort and deup a CSV list - 79 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5464 entries

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

Build a six - 173 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

Convert Application Output to CSV - 102 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

multiple cursor alternative - 1029 entries


Split line with dots - 1794 entries

This line is too long, split it.

switch variable - 4251 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

From argument to object - 1051 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

-a-b-c- - 2530 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2957 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

Search and Replace 0 - 4021 entries

Replace every instance of 'aaa' with 'xaaax'.

quotes inside quotes - 2726 entries

taken from tip 85 of the very good book 'Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought' ! I'd be interested what people use :)

That hyphen - 2125 entries

"vim vi improved"

Simple format (2) - 220 entries

try again!

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 266 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

Extract argument from function - 1987 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

comment and uncomment code inline - 769 entries

It's very useful to be able to comment out a block of code in a quick edit. And likewise to uncomment the code. This operation often involves multi-line stanzas and even large blocks. With just line-wise navigation and insert mode this would cost you about 4 keystrokes per line. Master this hole of VimGolf and you'll quickly drop your key count in day to day Vim as well.

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