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Simple, Practical, and Common - 17818 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 - 8517 entries

Just give me the numbers.

I forgot quotes - 8769 entries


Just the middle - 7730 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8482 entries


Words in parens - 9633 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Team names - 872 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Vice versa - 4730 entries

Little role switching.

Learn some german verbs - 199 entries

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

Simple text editing with Vim - 9472 entries

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

Swap values - 2739 entries

Well, swap the values...

Array transposition - 917 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Basic renumbering - 3639 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Collect List - 2812 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

multiple cursor alternative - 693 entries


Every other line - 1503 entries


From argument to object - 825 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?

V to the i - 3186 entries

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

Split line with dots - 1580 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Copy three lines - 1386 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5239 entries

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

switch variable - 3890 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2172 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2640 entries

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

Missing Library and a Typo - 489 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 - 623 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2518 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 :)

Adam's challenge - 528 entries

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

comment and uncomment code inline - 495 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.

Search and Replace 0 - 3649 entries

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

That hyphen - 1708 entries

"vim vi improved"

Extract argument from function - 1700 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1470 entries

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

Order and join - 566 entries

There's something special about the input order.

replacing each line of a block selection - 2262 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1151 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 133 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

Array propagate - 145 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

Vertical Limit - 1899 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2358 entries

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

comments galore - 772 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Align commas - 618 entries

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

Saving the hashes(#) - 1560 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.

Todo list specification - 256 entries

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

C Reformatting - 513 entries

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

Scrambled numbers - 612 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Switch function arguments - 1667 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Letter case trickery - 1309 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.

Make HTML List - 753 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Subnetting - 49 entries

Split up the IP addresses in the right way.

Make it more readable - 1633 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Fix the XML - 783 entries

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

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 935 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Numbering a List - 1666 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Count both ways - 833 entries

Right AND down.

Mirror Symmetry - 655 entries

Add backslashes.

From A to B - 464 entries

Mirror and change this text block

Simple addition - 200 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

Paragraph breaks - 373 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

Hello ${world} - 182 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1216 entries

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

Mess in revision history - 892 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Create a table - 180 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

camel riding - 660 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Shebangs for all - 1532 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.

Where should I put the Newline? - 770 entries

Help me put the newline.

Stairstep digits - 190 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

Hole-in-one - 922 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.

Alsa configuration - 434 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

Condensed Cases - 648 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.

Interactive git rebase changing commands - 131 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

Nesting SASS - 184 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

remove dupes from array - 1148 entries

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

Gray area - 593 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

Combines all items - 219 entries

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

Change the content of a string - 1187 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Paragraph sort - 287 entries

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

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 852 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Two become one - 626 entries

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

The Cake is a Lie - 1096 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Sort and add attributes - 1034 entries

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

Wrap text in quotes - 261 entries

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

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1020 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!

Add Go XML to structure tags - 122 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

Append semicolon after expressions - 810 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Reconstruct the Sentence - 982 entries

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

Separate the lines - 116 entries

Every other line is mixed up. Separate them into their original texts.

Text to HTML Table - 118 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

Replace and keep the case - 317 entries

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

replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 171 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.

Un"finnish"ed Work - 94 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

Exchanging Quotes - 722 entries

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

Generate a list of numbers - 211 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

Mute the second method of this script - 384 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

Make Fancy Header - 866 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

A Simple One - 794 entries

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

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 792 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.

Flodder-challenge - 784 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

Pretty multi-line bash - 188 entries

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

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 640 entries

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

Angular naming conventions - 254 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!

The name of the game - 551 entries

End up with the name of the game.

Happy TvvO - 327 entries

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

For all cases. - 88 entries

In this case... change it! :) Watch the line.

Remove noise from HTTP log - 564 entries

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

Lisp Condense - 354 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

lipsum lines - 232 entries

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

Reverse Simple Deletion - 679 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

VimGolfNight - 433 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

Add to end of each line... kinda - 247 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?

readability - 276 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Line 'em up! - 263 entries

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

Swap assigned value - 481 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

HTML to Haml - 649 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Assignment Alignment - 649 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

120 Degrees - 333 entries

Rotate that triangle.

7th Birthday - 141 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.

ASCII box - 286 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

Prefixes and suffixes - 453 entries

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

Braces or Brackets? - 617 entries

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

Minimalist Limerick - 438 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Logging with key - 263 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

lamb had a little Mary - 447 entries

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

Sort files from hosts - 119 entries

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

The meaning - 480 entries

Numbers are fun!

imports alignment (python) - 566 entries

Align as one import per line.

Reverse characters in a line - 547 entries

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

vim = 22 / 7 - 390 entries

pi square vim

Ruby 1.9 compat - 543 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!

Shuffle puzzle - 284 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.

Vim tetris - 300 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

Remove semicolons after expressions - 423 entries

A follow-up for

Remember FizzBuzz? - 511 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Reformat most common surnames - 510 entries

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

Split the words - 311 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.

Reformat some Python - 496 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

Counting in binary - 322 entries

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

Reverse and double space - 400 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

create arrows in a list - 62 entries

Add arrow at same distance

Interweave two blocks of text - 461 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?

Back to the roots - 30 entries

Johnny has a file with more integers. He wants to change each number with its square root. Can you help him?

NATO phonetic alphabet - 372 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

Pairs of numbers - 316 entries

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

Start coding format - 101 entries

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

Delete unwanted lines - 309 entries

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

Shuffled numbers - 195 entries

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

Stairs Indenting - 348 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

A simple change - 343 entries

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

Mirrored text - 135 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 458 entries

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

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 150 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.

Going underground.... - 277 entries

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

underscore_to_camelCase - 134 entries

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

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 407 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!

Reformat a C golf submission - 456 entries

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

Replacing some words - 390 entries

How fast could it be?

A grid of punctuation - 109 entries

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

Change attribute to getter - 82 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

vim1001 - 219 entries

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

Increment, increment, increment.... - 440 entries

Vim likes macros

Add fold markers to a .c file - 439 entries

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

Sorting paragraphs - 437 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 137 entries

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

Array of characters - 107 entries

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

Sort yaml structures alphabetically by root key names - 24 entries

sometimes we want to sort structures alphabetically in yaml files

Context insensitive completion 0 - 430 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.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 214 entries

Just testing.

Sorting database text output - 183 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?

Extract HTML option values from tag values - 73 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.

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 314 entries

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

Format java properties - 62 entries

Format java properties to a different format. The value which is the string following the first '=' cannot & should not change. All periods in the key get replaced with an underscore "_" and get a prefix of "b_".

Vim's not included features - 150 entries

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

Line Zipper - 386 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 313 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."

Indentation - 405 entries

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

Case preserving word replacement - 378 entries

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

Generate English Alphabets - 384 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

42-header - 24 entries

Rush 42mexican-standoff at 42 school

Reverse and count - 375 entries

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

Insert a Markdown link - 371 entries

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

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 371 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Restore order to the alphabet - 145 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Inner hyphens - 107 entries

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

learn vim in short time - 172 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Hatsuyume - 355 entries

Free hyphen! - 104 entries

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

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 343 entries

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

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 180 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Hidden Message - 40 entries

Find the hidden message and replace all other characters with spaces.

Wget failed to download redirections - 150 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.

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 231 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!

Sort entries based on date - 284 entries

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

Refactor static member invocation - 155 entries

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

Shift down - 151 entries

Number words are back.

Suffix sort - 157 entries

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

abcd > a b c d - 229 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Table Reshuffle - 310 entries

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

Sorting a glossary - 92 entries

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

Reformat long lines - 305 entries

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

Get rid of html tags - 303 entries

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

remove all lines in first part - 124 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!

Readable Rubyhash - 221 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 - 216 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Create Leading Zeros - 183 entries

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

increment by column in XML - 133 entries

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

Number an outline - 194 entries

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

Interleave lines - 123 entries

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

Subtraction - 145 entries

Solve the equations.

The holy-grail may help - 278 entries

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

Alphabetize the directory - 249 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Deleting folded text - 273 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.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 128 entries

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

Compile C - 270 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

Word frequency alignment - 195 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...

Manual SQL - 92 entries

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

Change name of a variable - 136 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.

Change your calendar - 188 entries

Happy New Year!

Prime Numbers - 253 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

Python to Ruby - 188 entries

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

Top X - 163 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

Fix the Haiku - 246 entries

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

Converting group lines from format A to Format B - 19 entries

Convert from one format to another

expand a list comprehension (python) - 240 entries

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

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 118 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!

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 233 entries

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

Winning streak - 102 entries

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

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 183 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

Fun With The Diagonal - 66 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

sort python functions and methods alphabetically - 13 entries

* sort functions in the python file alphabetically * sort functions within a Class alphabetically * sort Classes alphabetically

Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 40 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!

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?

ASCII Art - 65 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Refactor arguments into object argument - 155 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

swap or reverse - 86 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Block Fun 1 - 158 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

Flatten repo - 22 entries

For each git repository (<project> tag) translate name attribute to flatten directory structure. Add path attribute if missing (because checkout hierarchy must be kept). #xml

Sort the cardinal numbers - 203 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Recursively Palindrome - 204 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Test everything! - 96 entries

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

Assign numbers to fields - 75 entries

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

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

Round Round - 199 entries

Round Round

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 192 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 191 entries

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

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

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

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.

Winding path - 91 entries

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

mp3 - Cutlist - 12 entries

An audio CD was accidentally ripped into one single mp3 file. A dummy cue-file now needs to be filled out with the correct values to get single mp3 files.

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

Double and switch - 35 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

Cartesian product - 183 entries

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

Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

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

Piphilology - 102 entries

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

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.

Turn this csv list into queries - 180 entries

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

Separating firstname & lastname - 80 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Groups magic - 131 entries

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

Entries sort - 69 entries

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

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 137 entries

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

Multiplication table. - 168 entries

Create a multiplication table.

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.

Inconsistent real estate paste - 140 entries

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

Lenny Spiral - 8 entries

Make one lenny into an infinite army of lennys.

Circle in a square - 120 entries

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

TAR archive pretty print - 10 entries

Will you use isk ?

Create a pandoc compatible table - 132 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]:

Fill visual area - 70 entries

Just have fun!

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?

Almost encrypted - 162 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

Refactoring useless Method away - 74 entries

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

Unwrap the text of an email message - 119 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?

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

Solve the Sokoban - 158 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

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.

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.

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

O Christmas Tree - 88 entries

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

PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 148 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

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.

Checkerboard case pattern - 106 entries

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

CSV to JSON - 141 entries

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

Land of the Lost - 60 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Sudoku table - 50 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

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)

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 138 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.

Extract text from xml - 101 entries

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

Comparing scores - 68 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.

Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

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

Happy New Year! - 129 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

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...

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

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

Ninjas Leaderboard - 79 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.

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]

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

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?

Format the output - 95 entries

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

Square numbers - 53 entries

Boring math puzzle.

Roman numerals - 57 entries

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

ascii-art diamond - 27 entries

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

Splits long lines in more readable ones - 2 entries

Those tests have too long lines. We have to split the to have more readable ones. This is based on a real project with Ruby and RSpec.

SQL to YAML - 32 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

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

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.

Lower cased and dashed strings - 39 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 ;)

It's a factor - 75 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 103 entries

Palindrome numbers - 10 entries

For each number compute its associated palindrome. First number (first line) has been eaten! #prime

Not enough Ps - 43 entries

Different type of code

Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Create an alphabet diamond - 74 entries

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

Create bison tokens - 30 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

Tiny column alignment - 37 entries

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

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.)

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 - 70 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.

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

Transposition - 66 entries

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

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.

Before there was Farmville... - 90 entries

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

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

Same class but reverse!

Greek column realign - 40 entries

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

Python: Lots of function arguments - 66 entries

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

Flip the chessboard - 66 entries

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

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

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

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 64 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.)

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 66 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

Remove hard line breaks - 34 entries

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

Sierpinski's Triangle - 62 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

Dumb to smart - 80 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

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.

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.

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"!

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.

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

fib.c cleanup - 54 entries

cleanup the file

Binary and Increment - 32 entries

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

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!

Enharmonic Equivalents - 52 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

Coordinates placeholder - 47 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

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.)

Recursive Cowsay - 41 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

Permutations N=4 - 39 entries

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

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.

un-C-escape string - 52 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Untangle my tail, please! - 39 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?

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...

Presidential Sorting - 45 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!

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!

Under the cupola - 37 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!)

maximun and minimun - 44 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

XML to JSON - 41 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

Across-Down Flip - 37 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 23 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.

range(10) digit rotation - 25 entries

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

Extended Customer 2 - 39 entries

Format the chars

Sort by your own sum - 41 entries

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

50 factorials mod 97 - 24 entries

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

Simple Maths - 25 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

Maze path - 20 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.

Fibonacci Triangles - 38 entries


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!

Custom McCarthy sequence - 22 entries

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

Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 18 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

Refactor to Helpers - 45 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.)

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>"

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 22 entries

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

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.

Convert pasted text into Markdown - 13 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.

No naked if allowed! - 15 entries

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

Change The Perspective - 31 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'.

Acute accents - 22 entries

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

Conway sequence - 17 entries

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

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