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Simple, Practical, and Common - 10480 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 - 3623 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Just the middle - 6064 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

I forgot quotes - 6033 entries


A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 7458 entries


Vice versa - 3478 entries

Little role switching.

Words in parens - 8233 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Swap values - 1773 entries

Well, swap the values...

Every other line - 798 entries


Split line with dots - 1214 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Simple text editing with Vim - 8634 entries

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

Collect List - 2137 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Combines all items - 139 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

Basic renumbering - 2880 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Order and join - 314 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Copy three lines - 757 entries

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

V to the i - 2624 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 4975 entries

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

-a-b-c- - 1799 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2367 entries

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

switch variable - 3570 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 129 entries

Where ,SOMELOGB and ,SOMELOGC replaces each /r carriage return if 2nd column is blank. The replace only happens if 2nd column is blank though and should replace up to the non blank row.

C Reformatting - 362 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2317 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 - 1457 entries

"vim vi improved"

Paragraph breaks - 268 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

Extract argument from function - 1540 entries

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

comments galore - 668 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Align commas - 462 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 3347 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1270 entries

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

Scrambled numbers - 441 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Space out the alphabet - 956 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Extract HTML option values from tag values - 41 entries

Generate HTML option values from the text in the option tag. If the text contains multiple words, replace the spaces with an underscore and convert all capital letters to small letters.

Change attribute to getter - 56 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

Paragraph sort - 246 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

Sort files from hosts - 96 entries

Resume files by host. I hope you enjoy with this challenge

replacing each line of a block selection - 2072 entries

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

Make HTML List - 649 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

From A to B - 343 entries

Mirror and change this text block

Vertical Limit - 1665 entries

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

Fix the XML - 682 entries

The challenge consists in having a valid xml from an incomplete source.

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2200 entries

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

Letter case trickery - 1211 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.

Mirror Symmetry - 568 entries

Add backslashes.

Alsa configuration - 366 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

Saving the hashes(#) - 1354 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.

Switch function arguments - 1547 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Count both ways - 771 entries

Right AND down.

Generate a list of numbers - 176 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

camel riding - 588 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Wrap text in quotes - 197 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 780 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Make it more readable - 1519 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

7th Birthday - 108 entries

We have a bunch of numbers written from 0 to 9 in the order present in the text input file. The task is to create 7 by replacing the numbers with dashes.

Where should I put the Newline? - 728 entries

Help me put the newline.

Mess in revision history - 778 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Condensed Cases - 597 entries

Apple's new programming language, Swift, allows two style of case statements: 1) one Enum case on each line, or 2) multiple Enum cases on a single line. Convert the following from the first case (no pun intended) to the second type.

Pretty multi-line bash - 142 entries

Bash line continuations are much prettier when they're column aligned.

Numbering a List - 1544 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1116 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

Hole-in-one - 890 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

Replace and keep the case - 290 entries

Replace all instance of plugin and Plugin to device and Device.

Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 24 entries

I bumped into this in a dailywtf code: I didn't want to translate a string whenever I wanted to be [Ss][Aa][Rr][Cc][Aa][Ss][Tt][Ii][Cc] on slack, so I figured a script (python, sed, whatever) would be helpful. Well, or a few vim keystroke!

Shebangs for all - 1414 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

Gray area - 517 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

Start coding format - 73 entries

I used to start coding with following format: int main(){ -(cursor here) }

Two become one - 585 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

remove dupes from array - 1046 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

Angular naming conventions - 245 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

Change the content of a string - 1143 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 785 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Mute the second method of this script - 368 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

A grid of punctuation - 97 entries

Create a checkerboard of = and - in an 80×24 grid!

lipsum lines - 218 entries

Convert a quoted block of text into strings in a list.

The Cake is a Lie - 1042 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Append semicolon after expressions - 762 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Sort and add attributes - 992 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

Add to end of each line... kinda - 232 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 944 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

Reconstruct the Sentence - 929 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

Array of characters - 87 entries

We all copy paste things off the internet, but the syntax doesn't look right. Fix it as fast as possible.

Happy TvvO - 315 entries

Don’t forget the past, learn from it. Happy New Year.

Exchanging Quotes - 685 entries

Sometimes you need to exchange a choice of quotes in some code.

readability - 252 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Line 'em up! - 234 entries

It can be so hard to keep everything neatly lined-up. Somebody clearly hasn't bothered here. Tidy it up, please!

Make Fancy Header - 823 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

Lisp Condense - 336 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

underscore_to_camelCase - 123 entries

Pointy haired boss decided we need to switch to camelCase. Let's get this over with.

ASCII box - 263 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

120 Degrees - 323 entries

Rotate that triangle.

Double and switch - 25 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

Flodder-challenge - 770 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

Mirrored text - 117 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

A Simple One - 754 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 739 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

Logging with key - 235 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

VimGolfNight - 415 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

The name of the game - 515 entries

End up with the name of the game.

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 125 entries

Now Immutable.js made its way into many frontends. This challenge consists of a typical refactoring that many of us are facing now.

Remove noise from HTTP log - 525 entries

This piece of log (from the year 2000) contains some irrelevant data. We only want to see the HTTP method and resource.

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 130 entries

FoodCritic ( is a lint tool for your Chef ( cookbooks. FC023 indicates that you should prefer Chef guards over Ruby conditions. This challenge expects you to be able to fix this issue in a sample cookbook, given the FoodCritic output: ================================================================ FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: cookbooks/foo/recipes/default.rb:25 ================================================================ See for more details about the changes being made.

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 542 entries

convert an ugly spreadsheet copy/paste into a CSV format.

Reverse Simple Deletion - 648 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

Swap assigned value - 438 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Minimalist Limerick - 418 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Inner hyphens - 96 entries

Yet another hyphen challenge. Adding 5 hyphens to a file shouldn't be too hard.

HTML to Haml - 611 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Shuffle puzzle - 266 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

lamb had a little Mary - 414 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

Assignment Alignment - 598 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Shuffled numbers - 180 entries

Each number is paired with the number it should follow. That's enough information to put them in order.

Braces or Brackets? - 601 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

Vim tetris - 286 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

The meaning - 460 entries

Numbers are fun!

Prefixes and suffixes - 391 entries

Generate all prefixes of "vimchallenge", then all suffixes.

Vim's not included features - 135 entries

Filter not included (-) features in a hypothetical installation of vim.

vim = 22 / 7 - 368 entries

pi square vim

Free hyphen! - 85 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

Split the words - 297 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

imports alignment (python) - 523 entries

Align as one import per line.

Ruby 1.9 compat - 523 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

Counting in binary - 305 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

Sorting a glossary - 83 entries

Sort a glossary. Glossary head contains a header phrase ending with ':' and glossary body has multi line text indented with a tab.

vim1001 - 204 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

Delete unwanted lines - 300 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

Going underground.... - 264 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

Remember FizzBuzz? - 499 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Remove semicolons after expressions - 383 entries

A follow-up for

Pairs of numbers - 294 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 203 entries

Just testing.

Restore order to the alphabet - 133 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Reverse characters in a line - 489 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

Reverse and double space - 381 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

Reformat most common surnames - 481 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

Sorting database text output - 157 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

Stairs Indenting - 332 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

Reformat some Python - 463 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 387 entries

I recently needed to send an e-mail to our marketing department listing allowed merge tags for our MailChimp campaigns. The allowed merge tags were determined from a PHP array in one of our PHP classes. I transformed the PHP class to MailChimp's syntax and sent the e-mail. It was, however, a long, laborious process. I'm still fairly new to Vim and would love to see how an expert Vim user would tackle one of my own, real-world problems. Thanks and have fun!

A simple change - 307 entries

Just change the numbers in the most efficient way ...

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 440 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

NATO phonetic alphabet - 317 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

Replacing some words - 365 entries

How fast could it be?

Interweave two blocks of text - 410 entries

Suppose you've got data on a list of things from multiple sources. They're all in separate chunks, so how might you create a tabular output?

Reformat a C golf submission - 435 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

Add fold markers to a .c file - 425 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

Increment, increment, increment.... - 415 entries

Vim likes macros

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 298 entries

replace calls to jQuery 1.7+'s `on` with calls to pre 1.7 `bind`

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 300 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

Context insensitive completion 0 - 411 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

learn vim in short time - 155 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 171 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Sorting paragraphs - 399 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

Line Zipper - 368 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Wget failed to download redirections - 136 entries

Output of a wget session, where 302 where not properly handled due to certificate problems, has been saved to a file. Keep the correct URLs to start again downloading.

Case preserving word replacement - 371 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

Shift down - 146 entries

Number words are back.

Manual SQL - 82 entries

Change select and insert queries to simulate inserting a new record.

Indentation - 380 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

Refactor static member invocation - 146 entries

Someone used a static method. Refactor the method into a static import while fixing the assertion.

Suffix sort - 151 entries

Sort from the end of the line, as if the letters in each line were reversed.

Reverse and count - 366 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

remove all lines in first part - 109 entries

From the second part, remove all lines in the first part. It can be useful when you have done something from a long list, you want to know what is not done yet!

Insert a Markdown link - 364 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 360 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Generate English Alphabets - 358 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

ASCII Art - 54 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

Fun With The Diagonal - 54 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

increment by column in XML - 119 entries

modify an arbitrary "column" in an xml table by incrementing a an arbitrary placeholder string

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 336 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

Hatsuyume - 337 entries

Interleave lines - 104 entries

This is some kind of « paste -d'\n' c b a ». There are many ways to achieve this.. just find the shortest!

Subtraction - 137 entries

Solve the equations.

Sort entries based on date - 278 entries

Sort some entries in a Ledger-file based on date.

abcd > a b c d - 220 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 205 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

Create Leading Zeros - 174 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

Change name of a variable - 132 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 114 entries

Project standards demand the equal signs must be aligned for better readability.

Readable Rubyhash - 212 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

Enumerate words - 205 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Reformat long lines - 298 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

Table Reshuffle - 298 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

Number an outline - 178 entries

The indent and words are right, but the numbers are all wrong.

Get rid of html tags - 291 entries

Want to read more about Vim's background? Then get rid of those html tags...

Assign numbers to fields - 67 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

Word frequency alignment - 185 entries

You've got to align the second column, but the spacing is inconvenient and there are nasty tabs in the way. If you're a "real Vim ninja," this could be very quick indeed...

swap or reverse - 77 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

The holy-grail may help - 275 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 111 entries

One of our favorites lines here at NBCU! p.s. The first version of #0 was deleted due to me copy/pasting a HTML entity. Congrats to the one who figured that out, you are a true ninja warrior!

Winning streak - 90 entries

Make the number on each line equal the consecutive L's or W's.

Alphabetize the directory - 240 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Change your calendar - 181 entries

Happy New Year!

Test everything! - 95 entries

... and build the desired input data structure. Transform a list of values into a non-trivial format.

Top X - 155 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

Deleting folded text - 260 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

Python to Ruby - 183 entries

Convert this Python code to Ruby. NOTE: This program likely won't run.

Entries sort - 68 entries

It cames to my mind a weird idea : sorting parts of my .vimrc. Take few minutes to sort out this, it's easy !

Compile C - 255 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 157 entries

col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1;4;5 A;3;4; A;1;4; # New output: col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1(2x);3;4(3x);5 any ideas?

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 182 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

expand a list comprehension (python) - 235 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

Fix the Haiku - 234 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

ascii-art diamond - 20 entries

Simple ascii-art diamond. The grid is 40x40.

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 230 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

Refactor arguments into object argument - 150 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Prime Numbers - 229 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

Block Fun 1 - 156 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Separating firstname & lastname - 76 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

SQL to YAML - 32 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

Sudoku table - 50 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

Winding path - 81 entries

It's a maze, but the bad paths have been blocked off. Mark the correct path.

Dehamlizing - 155 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Shuffle and Sort - 159 entries

The values where sorted incorrectly. Get them back to how they are supposed to be

Fill visual area - 66 entries

Just have fun!

Refactoring useless Method away - 72 entries

Real-life challenge, convert a bunch of ifs to a switch statement

Sort the cardinal numbers - 193 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Rail fence transposition cipher - 63 entries

Solve a rail fence transposition cipher using vim. This ciphertext was created using two rails. Use vim to transpose the text and recover the original quote.

Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 151 entries

Most projects have specific coding style guidelines. In this case, the argument list must be broken into a new line for each argument, with the argument names right aligned, taking into account pointers.

Round Round - 198 entries

Round Round

Recursively Palindrome - 191 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 1 - 176 entries

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 191 entries

My hands are numb with cold. It's hard to type correctly.

REDRUM - 129 entries

If you remember "The Shinning", the first time you saw the bloody word REDRUM you probably thinked "What the Hell is that?" Well, then you know that you need a little help from a looking-glass to make sense of it. Now it's time to use vim like a mirror to reveal the message.

Groups magic - 129 entries

Regexp or macros for string converting: (a) -> ___ (abc) -> ____ (abcd) -> ______ All in the '(' replace to _ multiply by char count + ()

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 188 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

Piphilology - 89 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π.

Inconsistent real estate paste - 140 entries

Format a hand-typed real estate listing that uses inconsistent punctuation into four sections

Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

formatted text to markdown - 170 entries

You're converting some posts from an old blog to markdown. The formatted text is far closer to the finished product than the html markup, so it seems like a good place to start. Word wrapping seems to be the main area for optimization.

Land of the Lost - 57 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 130 entries

Someone has vandalized our text (again). Please fix to read: The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.

Turn this csv list into queries - 180 entries

Transform each line of this csv file into a MySQL-ready INSERT query.

Multiplication table. - 168 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Cartesian product - 178 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

Circle in a square - 119 entries

Probably looks more like "Egg in a rectangle" in most fonts, but it's actually 23x23.

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

Just simple automation of writing Setters and Getters like Doctrine might use.

Draw the Go board - 108 entries

which is a 19×19 lines board. Here we use ascii characters only for simplicity. See diff file to get a sense. (See also

O Christmas Tree - 88 entries

Design a macro that makes trees grow (or ASCII triangles, if that's too hard).

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 128 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

Define to require - 113 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

Create a pandoc compatible table - 131 entries

In [this vimcast][1], a featured gist from Tim Pope shows how to quickly make a simple table structure. How fast can you convert it to pandoc's markdown style? [1]:

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Almost encrypted - 161 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 116 entries

Tic-Tac-Toe You are 'X', and it is your turn. Stop 'O' from winning, and complete the game. Draw a diagonal line through your winning row of three X's.

Unwrap the text of an email message - 111 entries

Reverse of "Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters". gq and gw are great for wrapping paragraphs. But sometimes other programs choke on your wrapped lines. What's the best way to un-gq?

Comparing scores - 65 entries

If Alice and Bob both did the challenge, put their entries together in the top paragraph, so we can compare their scores more easily.

Create bison tokens - 30 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

Lower cased and dashed strings - 36 entries

As I have to generate big fixtures files, I wanted to find a way to format input data the way described by start and end files. Especially the lower-cased-and-dashed ids Not so good to find a pure Vim way, that's why I submit this challenge ;)

Checkerboard case pattern - 105 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

Solve the Sokoban - 149 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

Changing URL path in CSS - 111 entries

What's the quickest way to swap out all the URLs in a CSS file? Is it wasted keystrokes using look-behinds and look-aheads? (I'm sorry for the delete/report--I made a mistake with the last one requiring an ugly search for graphic to replace with images. I just intended this to be a simple search and replace that might possibly generate some macros or normals solutions that are quicker)

PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 146 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

Roman numerals - 57 entries

Use the substitutions on top to convert unary to Roman numerals.

CSV to JSON - 141 entries

A search for shortest vimissh way to convert CSV to JSON.

Extract text from xml - 95 entries

Extract text from xml file (ignoring commented out elements) and create a one line regex.

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

From a blank input, print all 95 printing ASCII characters one per line, from space to tilde.

Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

Go ahead... commit the treachery of using vim as a spreadsheet.

Square numbers - 48 entries

Boring math puzzle.

Ninjas Leaderboard - 74 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 133 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 59 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

Tiny column alignment - 37 entries

Align using the four blocks, don't forget to lowercase and have fun!

Getters & Setters: Java - 129 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

Happy New Year! - 126 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 125 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 116 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

You copy some javascript code from a website and paste it into vim, it does not look good!

Format the output - 95 entries

Sometimes your standard out is a little hard to read. Take this multilevel hash and make it human readable.

Not enough Ps - 38 entries

Different type of code

Letters are numbers - 121 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

It's a factor - 74 entries

Flaunt your macro prowess by factoring some numbers. Too hard? It takes less than 30 strokes, I promise.

Greek column realign - 38 entries

Oops one letter is missing! Shift down the second column to insert nu letter. Symbol can be entered using: <C-K>n*

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Linear congruential generator - 103 entries

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

Remove hard line breaks - 30 entries

Text files with Hard breaks are not good for e-readers. We need remove all hard line breaks and have long lines.

JSON string rotation - 35 entries

Right value strings are misplaced. Just rotate them! I'm too kind with you guys and didn't included "strings with \" in it"!

Chucking wood - 68 entries

An exercise in compressing repetitive text. For this challenge, any entry that uses keys outside the main row (such as arrow keys, Home, End, Delete, etc.) will be removed. (Esc is OK, though you should be using C-[ anyway.)

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

Format this footnote (in kramdown syntax) so that it has hanging indent.

Complete the circuit grid! - 72 entries

Continuing from the last challenge, add additional rows to the grid. Change each of the names from 'A1'...'A10' to 'B1'...'B10', 'C1'...'C10', etc, and for each new row add 0.7 to the X values in the (X Y) at the end of each line.

SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 69 entries

A is for apple, b is for ball, etc... This familiar phonics poem has been rotated 13 characters. Make the letter match the word.

Make the circuit grid! - 71 entries

Copy this command for a circuit layout program to create 10 total smd commands. Increment the number in quotes to name each pad, and add 0.7 to each of the (X Y) coordinates at the end of each line.

Transposition - 64 entries

Transpose the original lines in separate columns, one for each line.

Python: Lots of function arguments - 64 entries

The function definition is too long for one line. The modeline helps you with some typical Python indent settings.

Binary and Increment - 32 entries

Some numbers fun: not only increasing numbers but also increasing binary.

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 2 - 83 entries

Same class but reverse!

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 66 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

Create an alphabet diamond - 67 entries

Here's a brain teaser to keep things interesting...

Five Pillars - 43 entries

Arrange all words in a table with 5 columns. The minimal space between words in columns is 2 spaces. Columns do have varying width.

Before there was Farmville... - 89 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

Add links to an existing HTML table - 59 entries

Add these links at that top to the respective table cell. First link, first cell, etc.

Circle of Fifths with Sharps - 61 entries

Display a list of the Circle of Fifths with corresponding solfege syllables with sharps. Handling spaces may be tricky.

Flip the chessboard - 57 entries

White's turn is over. Flip the board to black's perspective. I added coordinates to frustrate you.

Carriage return - 40 entries

I have some raw data from terminal output which uses carriege return for formatting. Carriage return sets the pointer to the first character on the line, and subsequent characters will overwrite what was there before. The challange is to simulate the terminal behaviour in vim. I'm kind of unsure if I should have skipped lines 9 and 15, since there might be some interesting solutions which are not that generic. Happy Golfing!

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 56 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

Sort with uniq OpenEmbedded package names - 26 entries

For each line take 4th dirname of path. For example: "alsa-utils", "gawk-3.1.5", ... But! But if previous result is "files", take 3rd dirname instead. For example: "mktemp", "mklibs" ... If version is present in package name (dash is the separator character), take it. For example: "apt-" prevails over "apt". And finally, use sort -u to get unique names!

Sierpinski's Triangle - 57 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

Dumb to smart - 78 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

Maze path - 19 entries

Follow the given motions and mark your path with Xs. Attention: This maze is quite big (20x20), please set your terminal size to at least 82.

fib.c cleanup - 52 entries

cleanup the file

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 22 entries

Here you need complete 2 tasks: 1. Remove all unwanted continuous blank lines and leave only 1 blank line between paragraphs. 2. Properly capitalize the sentences.

No naked if allowed! - 14 entries

House style forbids naked condition statements, comments should start with a space character and be on their own line. Good luck!

Convert pasted text into Markdown - 10 entries

I often need to copy/paste text into Markdown files. The challenge here is to wrap the lines in a way that prefers breaks after periods, commas, or other logical demarcations. There should be no spaces at the beginning of a line.

Recursive Cowsay - 41 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

Permutations N=4 - 38 entries

Could use backtracking or other algorithm to generate sorted numbers. Second chance !

50 factorials mod 97 - 23 entries

List 1! to 50!, but give your answer mod 97.

Coordinates placeholder - 47 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

Chinese Multiplication Table - 46 entries

Print a Chinese multiplication table in Vim. In China, every kid is asked to memorize this table. And thanks to the mono-syllabism of Chinese characters, it is not that hard. Printing the multiplication table is also a good exercise for programming beginners. For-loop, escaped characters, etc... There should be some special ways to print it in Vim.

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

Convert regular pandoc footnotes to in-line notes - 51 entries

Pandoc extends markdown by allowing footnotes, which are usually represented with a footnote identifier followed later in the document by the footnote itself. But Pandoc also allows inline footnotes without identifiers. How many strokes does it take to convert regular footnotes to inline notes? (NB: I've had trouble figuring out whether text-width makes a difference to Vimgolf in comparing the input and output file. I finally tested this locally using the Vimgolf vimrc and did a "gq" on the entire buffer as the last step. Apologies if I'm making a newbie mistake. First time submitter.)

Enharmonic Equivalents - 49 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 45 entries

The lines with the biggest sums need to be at the top. The sums are on the right, which makes life hard. Maybe you can find a feature that will do all the work for you...

Simple Maths - 23 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

un-C-escape string - 51 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 14 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

Untangle my tail, please! - 35 entries

You know, this words were playing to chase their tails and Oops! What happened? Now we have a complete mess, their tails are totally tangled, can you please help them to untangle their tails?

Across-Down Flip - 37 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

Under the cupola - 34 entries

Taking some liberty about the name and plot of the Stephen King's famous novel (and TV series) to make this challenge. Are you able to recreate graphically the key phrase of the story? (I think is gonna be hard!)

Extended Customer 2 - 39 entries

Format the chars

XML to JSON - 40 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

Sort by your own sum - 41 entries

Same numbers as last time, but you'll have to add them yourself.

maximun and minimun - 43 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

Greek Letters - 39 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

Presidential Sorting - 40 entries

Given a nice CSV formatted arrangement of the Presidents of the United States, we need to print out an alphabetical list in pretty columns. Prove that vim can conquer this basic Excel task!

Custom McCarthy sequence - 17 entries

Generate the first one hundred and twenty numbers (starting with n=1). See here for some inspiration:

Fibonacci Triangles - 36 entries


LaTeX to XML Math Delimiters - 35 entries

Vim is amazing when used to edit MediaWiki text, but typing "<math> . . . </math>" can be tiresome and frustrating if formulas are used often. LaTeX delimiters are so concise and even come in two flavors: "\( . . . \)" for inline math and "\[ . . . \]" for centered formulas. The goal is to perform the following conversions: "\( . . . \)" becomes "<math>. . .</math>" "\[ . . . \]" becomes "<center><math>. . .</math></center>"

range(10) digit rotation - 18 entries

This is a data generator challenge or some kind of gift..

199 Fibonacci Numbers - 34 entries

Generate 199 Fibonacci Numbers using, if you like, the function S(x,y), a vimscript to sum two big numbers in reverse order.

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 18 entries

Wanna play tetris? Don't panic, it's quite long but there's no piece rotation. Little advice: source the file, Luke!

Conway sequence - 15 entries

Generate the the first fifteen numbers. See here for more information:

Change The Perspective - 29 entries

This is a go game recodes file(.sgf file, refer to It base on such a coordinate system: in vertical direction, is from top(farthest end) to bottom, mark as a,b,c,...,s(19*19 board); in horizontal direction, is from left to right, uses the same notations. For Example, the coordinate notation 'cq', is the position at the bottom-left corner(vertical coordinate first). The record is from one player's perspective. We need to change to another's, but we don't want to change coordinate system, let it keep top to bottom and left to right. so we have to change the coordinates, a <-> s, b <-> r,c <-> q, etc. the Position 'cq', as transformation, it will be 'qd'.

Refactor to Helpers - 42 entries

This Rails partial is almost all template escapes. Put it into a helper, and refactor each case to methods so we can build out the controls for each. (I've converted to tabs - fighting with Vimgolf's default config shouldn't be part of the challenge.)

Acute accents - 18 entries

Featuring all 17 lowercase letters with an acute accent digraph. Find a way to automate the digraphs.

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