Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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23470 active golfers, 251556 entries, 408 challenges

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Increment each number - 86 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Simple, Practical, and Common - 22160 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

simple format - 1422 entries

make it look better.

One to Ten - 318 entries

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

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 699 entries

easy stuff

Build a six - 108 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

One number per line - 11101 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Applying same text modification in several lines - 1123 entries

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

move titles next to url, in quotes - 125 entries

had trouble with something similar

Delete to the end of the current line - 258 entries

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

I forgot quotes - 10608 entries


Com(m)a Trouble - 956 entries

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

Swap values inside brackets - 1092 entries

Easy challenge.

Just the middle - 8668 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Words in parens - 10536 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9220 entries


Put the months in order - 212 entries

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

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 240 entries

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

Vice versa - 5551 entries

Little role switching.

Simple text editing with Vim - 10059 entries

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

Swap values - 3271 entries

Well, swap the values...

convert yml into java pojo field - 554 entries

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

Team names - 1304 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Basic renumbering - 4312 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Collect List - 3246 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Array transposition - 1386 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

V to the i - 3651 entries

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

Every other line - 1901 entries


Copy three lines - 1815 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5385 entries

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

multiple cursor alternative - 957 entries


Split line with dots - 1730 entries

This line is too long, split it.

From argument to object - 1021 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?

switch variable - 4179 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

Simple format (2) - 139 entries

try again!

-a-b-c- - 2421 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2828 entries

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

Python challenge - 69 entries

Change the types of the variables in the list from str to float, while keeping the truncation.

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 198 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

quotes inside quotes - 2668 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 3898 entries

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

That hyphen - 1933 entries

"vim vi improved"

unknown command - 90 entries

I want change 5 words

comment and uncomment code inline - 685 entries

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

Learn some german verbs - 350 entries

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

Extract argument from function - 1866 entries

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

Missing Library and a Typo - 638 entries

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

Adam's challenge - 684 entries

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

Swap the operands under comparison - 190 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

Don't know what this is - 1659 entries

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

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