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Played Challenges

My cafe needs a new menu - 2 entries

Help! My cafe needs a new menu and I've only got this plain-text file from the kitchen. In order to get it printed, I need to transform it into a markdown file with; headings for each type of item, prices on each menu item, dietary options and a key down the bottom.

  • Best score: 157
  • Best player score: 157
  • Number of attempts: 1
Converting group lines from format A to Format B - 20 entries

Convert from one format to another

  • Best score: 56
  • Best player score: 68
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 23 entries

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

  • Best score: 51
  • Best player score: 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
The D a n k Side of the Moon - 27 entries

You're making a vaporwave cover of The Dark Side of the Moon. So for the tracklisting, you want to: 1. Change the track names to v a p o r c a s e 2. Double the track lengths (since you're slowing them down). Well... let's just double the minutes.

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 855 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
Santa's naughty / nice list - 52 entries

Christmas is here and Santa hasn't decided who's naughty or nice yet. He's given a list of names to his programmer friend to quickly split the children into naughty and nice. Hint: There's a hidden pattern that might be familiar.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 44
  • Number of attempts: 1
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 822 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.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
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.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 214 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 2
Minimalist Limerick - 448 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Format java properties - 63 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_".

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 3
lamb had a little Mary - 464 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 577 entries

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

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate a list of numbers - 235 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1248 entries

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

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
7th Birthday - 163 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.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 10849 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hidden Message - 44 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple format (2) - 167 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
Start coding format - 114 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 364 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 5615 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1669 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Dumb to smart - 80 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Stairstep digits - 208 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
From argument to object - 1026 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?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Order and join - 717 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Un"finnish"ed Work - 101 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 325 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 935 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Add to end of each line... kinda - 263 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?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
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.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 1
ASCII Art - 68 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
42-header - 28 entries

Rush 42mexican-standoff at 42 school

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 685 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Happy TvvO - 344 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
A grid of punctuation - 110 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 3
Separate the lines - 126 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Switch function arguments - 1795 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
replacing each line of a block selection - 2440 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 3921 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5391 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 4
Cool or not? - 195 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Gray area - 614 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 2847 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Nesting SASS - 208 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
Align commas - 767 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
unknown command - 102 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 3689 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Paragraph breaks - 389 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
comments galore - 883 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 186 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array Transposition - 124 entries

Transpose four arrays into two.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
Count both ways - 854 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 640 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Convert pasted text into Markdown - 16 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.

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 90
  • Number of attempts: 2
The name of the game - 579 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Number Sort - 231 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Create a table - 223 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 305 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 3303 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 879 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Swap the operands under comparison - 191 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
The Cake is a Lie - 1106 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 495 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Inner hyphens - 110 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Combines all items - 231 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hole-in-one - 935 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.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 320 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."

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
For all cases. - 101 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 481 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Subnetting - 64 entries

Split up the IP addresses in the right way.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 49
  • Number of attempts: 3
Adam's challenge - 694 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
create arrows in a list - 63 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 785 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove noise from HTTP log - 597 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 1747 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
Append semicolon after expressions - 841 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
VimGolfNight - 451 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Prefixes and suffixes - 485 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mirror Symmetry - 686 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change the content of a string - 1208 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 491 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
comment and uncomment code inline - 721 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.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 975 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fun With The Diagonal - 79 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1719 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
camel riding - 678 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 10641 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 2474 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Interactive git rebase changing commands - 142 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 1086 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 10126 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirrored text - 151 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
Every other line - 1937 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 1992 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Pretty multi-line bash - 194 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Paragraph sort - 305 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 612 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort yaml structures alphabetically by root key names - 25 entries

sometimes we want to sort structures alphabetically in yaml files

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fix the XML - 837 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Wrap text in quotes - 276 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Put the months in order - 261 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reverse characters in a line - 563 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1333 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple addition - 217 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 8769 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Back to the roots - 36 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 1861 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 1414 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 1
simple format - 1749 entries

make it look better.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sorting a glossary - 100 entries

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

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 11377 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple, Practical, and Common - 22720 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.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
TAR archive pretty print - 12 entries

Will you use isk ?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array propagate - 220 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Learn some german verbs - 371 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat a C golf submission - 468 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Saving the hashes(#) - 1688 entries

The following file is copied from vimcasts.org(Its 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.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vim tetris - 314 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1

Contributed Challenges

One to Ten - 495 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

Text to HTML Table - 142 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

Flip the bit - 51 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

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