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21782 active golfers, 223575 entries, 385 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 18537 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.

One number per line - 8981 entries

Just give me the numbers.

I forgot quotes - 9115 entries


Just the middle - 7977 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8653 entries


Words in parens - 9853 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Vice versa - 4878 entries

Little role switching.

Team names - 964 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Simple text editing with Vim - 9586 entries

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

Swap values - 2834 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 3753 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Array transposition - 982 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Collect List - 2901 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Every other line - 1595 entries


multiple cursor alternative - 770 entries


V to the i - 3268 entries

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

From argument to object - 888 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?

Split line with dots - 1605 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Learn some german verbs - 225 entries

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

Copy three lines - 1459 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5260 entries

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

Number Sort - 98 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

switch variable - 3916 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2226 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2654 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2542 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 :)

Search and Replace 0 - 3692 entries

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

Missing Library and a Typo - 508 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 634 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

Adam's challenge - 555 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

That hyphen - 1742 entries

"vim vi improved"

comment and uncomment code inline - 518 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.

Extract argument from function - 1723 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1504 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

replacing each line of a block selection - 2281 entries

replace each line's ../assets/js with /javascripts

Order and join - 592 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Space out the alphabet - 1171 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 1926 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2376 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

comments galore - 783 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Saving the hashes(#) - 1581 entries

The following file is copied from only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

Array propagate - 171 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

Switch function arguments - 1703 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Align commas - 624 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

C Reformatting - 537 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

Scrambled numbers - 643 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Letter case trickery - 1334 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 150 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

Make HTML List - 779 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Todo list specification - 263 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

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