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Applying same text modification in several lines - 200 entries

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

Simple, Practical, and Common - 20105 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.

Com(m)a Trouble - 338 entries

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

One number per line - 9851 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Swap values inside brackets - 581 entries

Easy challenge.

I forgot quotes - 9788 entries


Just the middle - 8298 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

convert yml into java pojo field - 343 entries

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

Words in parens - 10191 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8908 entries


Vice versa - 5178 entries

Little role switching.

Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 105 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder:

Simple text editing with Vim - 9778 entries

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

Team names - 1139 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Swap values - 3010 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 3990 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Array transposition - 1190 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Collect List - 3043 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Every other line - 1729 entries


V to the i - 3417 entries

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

Array Transposition - 92 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

multiple cursor alternative - 837 entries


Swap the operands under comparison - 138 entries

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

From argument to object - 964 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

Split line with dots - 1660 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Copy three lines - 1579 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5308 entries

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

switch variable - 4014 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2292 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2734 entries

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

Learn some german verbs - 280 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2595 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 - 3789 entries

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

That hyphen - 1817 entries

"vim vi improved"

Adam's challenge - 597 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 - 584 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.

Missing Library and a Typo - 539 entries

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

Number Sort - 162 entries

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

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 643 entries

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

Extract argument from function - 1768 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1555 entries

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

replacing each line of a block selection - 2329 entries

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

Order and join - 632 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Space out the alphabet - 1212 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 1967 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2442 entries

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

comments galore - 830 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Saving the hashes(#) - 1633 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 - 1746 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Align commas - 681 entries

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

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