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21604 active golfers, 221149 entries, 385 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 18179 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 - 8752 entries

Just give me the numbers.

I forgot quotes - 8931 entries


Just the middle - 7836 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8530 entries


Words in parens - 9712 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Vice versa - 4787 entries

Little role switching.

Team names - 914 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Simple text editing with Vim - 9534 entries

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

Swap values - 2796 entries

Well, swap the values...

Number Sort - 80 entries

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

Basic renumbering - 3709 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Array transposition - 941 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Collect List - 2856 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Learn some german verbs - 214 entries

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

Every other line - 1547 entries


multiple cursor alternative - 708 entries


V to the i - 3221 entries

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

From argument to object - 847 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 - 1595 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Copy three lines - 1404 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5247 entries

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

switch variable - 3902 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2197 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2641 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2530 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 :)

Missing Library and a Typo - 495 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 - 546 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 3675 entries

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

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 626 entries

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

comment and uncomment code inline - 506 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.

That hyphen - 1720 entries

"vim vi improved"

Extract argument from function - 1718 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1482 entries

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

Order and join - 586 entries

There's something special about the input order.

replacing each line of a block selection - 2268 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1160 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Vertical Limit - 1910 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2360 entries

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

Array propagate - 162 entries

Complete the array with the keys as part of the value

comments galore - 780 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 143 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

Saving the hashes(#) - 1567 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.

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.

Switch function arguments - 1691 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Scrambled numbers - 629 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

C Reformatting - 520 entries

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

Letter case trickery - 1320 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.

Todo list specification - 259 entries

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

Make HTML List - 762 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

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