Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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23765 active golfers, 256635 entries, 415 challenges

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Box it - 598 entries

Create a box around a line.

Simple, Practical, and Common - 22710 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.

Cool or not? - 195 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

simple format - 1746 entries

make it look better.

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 934 entries

easy stuff

One number per line - 11373 entries

Just give me the numbers.

One to Ten - 492 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 - 1244 entries

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

Increment each number - 255 entries

Increment each number individually by one

I forgot quotes - 10848 entries


Com(m)a Trouble - 1086 entries

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

Just the middle - 8769 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Swap values inside brackets - 1181 entries

Easy challenge.

Words in parens - 10633 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9278 entries


Delete to the end of the current line - 320 entries

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

Vice versa - 5613 entries

Little role switching.

move titles next to url, in quotes - 190 entries

had trouble with something similar

Kolakoski sequence -- level 1 - 33 entries

Generate the Kolakoski sequence as described by its first 75 terms.

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 305 entries

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

Put the months in order - 261 entries

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

Simple text editing with Vim - 10126 entries

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

Build a six - 126 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

Letterbox - 55 entries

Make a box!

Swap values - 3313 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 4380 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Team names - 1333 entries

The team names are misspelled.

convert yml into java pojo field - 575 entries

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

Collect List - 3303 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Array transposition - 1414 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

V to the i - 3689 entries

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

Every other line - 1937 entries


Copy three lines - 1855 entries

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

Flip the bit - 51 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5391 entries

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

multiple cursor alternative - 975 entries


Split line with dots - 1747 entries

This line is too long, split it.

switch variable - 4189 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

From argument to object - 1026 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- - 2474 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2847 entries

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

Simple format (2) - 164 entries

try again!

Search and Replace 0 - 3921 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2684 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 - 1992 entries

"vim vi improved"

The D a n k Side of the Moon - 27 entries

You're making a vaporwave cover of The Dark Side of the Moon. So for the tracklisting, you want to: 1. Change the track names to v a p o r c a s e 2. Double the track lengths (since you're slowing them down). Well... let's just double the minutes.

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 214 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

Extract argument from function - 1928 entries

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

comment and uncomment code inline - 721 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.

Learn some german verbs - 371 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

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