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Simple, Practical, and Common - 12539 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.

From argument to object - 325 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?

Simple addition - 38 entries

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

For all cases. - 53 entries

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

One number per line - 4968 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Text to HTML Table - 22 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

comment and uncomment code inline - 233 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.

Just the middle - 6584 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

I forgot quotes - 6694 entries


Adam's challenge - 277 entries

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

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 7759 entries


Words in parens - 8657 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Vice versa - 3849 entries

Little role switching.

Stairstep digits - 134 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

Swap values - 2069 entries

Well, swap the values...

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 440 entries

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

Every other line - 1103 entries


Simple text editing with Vim - 8887 entries

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

Split line with dots - 1384 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Collect List - 2410 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Basic renumbering - 3129 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Nesting SASS - 151 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

Copy three lines - 1020 entries

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

V to the i - 2845 entries

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

create arrows in a list - 44 entries

Add arrow at same distance

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5093 entries

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

Order and join - 433 entries

There's something special about the input order.

-a-b-c- - 1965 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2526 entries

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

switch variable - 3682 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

quotes inside quotes - 2400 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 :)

That hyphen - 1563 entries

"vim vi improved"

Search and Replace 0 - 3465 entries

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

Extract argument from function - 1612 entries

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

C Reformatting - 444 entries

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

Align commas - 551 entries

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

comments galore - 720 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Combines all items - 203 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1350 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1032 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Scrambled numbers - 526 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Paragraph breaks - 331 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

replacing each line of a block selection - 2143 entries

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

Vertical Limit - 1751 entries

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

Make HTML List - 691 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2257 entries

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

From A to B - 413 entries

Mirror and change this text block

Letter case trickery - 1251 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.

Fix the XML - 730 entries

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

Saving the hashes(#) - 1421 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 - 1598 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Mirror Symmetry - 613 entries

Add backslashes.

replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 155 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.

Alsa configuration - 411 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

Count both ways - 793 entries

Right AND down.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 852 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Make it more readable - 1564 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Paragraph sort - 260 entries

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

camel riding - 625 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Mess in revision history - 838 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Numbering a List - 1574 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Where should I put the Newline? - 740 entries

Help me put the newline.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1156 entries

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

Condensed Cases - 609 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.

Shebangs for all - 1468 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.

Hole-in-one - 894 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.

Wrap text in quotes - 219 entries

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

Format java properties - 49 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_".

Generate a list of numbers - 194 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

Gray area - 546 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

remove dupes from array - 1093 entries

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

Replace and keep the case - 294 entries

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

Pretty multi-line bash - 167 entries

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

Two become one - 608 entries

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

Sort files from hosts - 105 entries

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

Change the content of a string - 1155 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 812 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

7th Birthday - 122 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.

The Cake is a Lie - 1065 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Change attribute to getter - 72 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

Mute the second method of this script - 377 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

Append semicolon after expressions - 790 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Sort and add attributes - 1006 entries

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

Angular naming conventions - 246 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!

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 982 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!

Reconstruct the Sentence - 952 entries

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

lipsum lines - 221 entries

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

Exchanging Quotes - 697 entries

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

Add to end of each line... kinda - 239 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?

Make Fancy Header - 830 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

Happy TvvO - 316 entries

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

Start coding format - 85 entries

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

Line 'em up! - 251 entries

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

Extract HTML option values from tag values - 50 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.

readability - 258 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Lisp Condense - 341 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

Flodder-challenge - 770 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

A Simple One - 765 entries

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

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 752 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.

ASCII box - 266 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

120 Degrees - 323 entries

Rotate that triangle.

The name of the game - 532 entries

End up with the name of the game.

A grid of punctuation - 99 entries

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

VimGolfNight - 424 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 593 entries

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

Remove noise from HTTP log - 538 entries

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

Logging with key - 235 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

Reverse Simple Deletion - 652 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

underscore_to_camelCase - 127 entries

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

Swap assigned value - 448 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Array of characters - 90 entries

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

Mirrored text - 125 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

HTML to Haml - 629 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Assignment Alignment - 629 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Minimalist Limerick - 419 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Prefixes and suffixes - 418 entries

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

Braces or Brackets? - 608 entries

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

lamb had a little Mary - 422 entries

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

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 129 entries

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

The meaning - 464 entries

Numbers are fun!

Shuffle puzzle - 269 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.

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 133 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.

Vim tetris - 286 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

vim = 22 / 7 - 378 entries

pi square vim

Shuffled numbers - 184 entries

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

imports alignment (python) - 536 entries

Align as one import per line.

Ruby 1.9 compat - 525 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!

Split the words - 297 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.

Counting in binary - 306 entries

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

Remove semicolons after expressions - 393 entries

A follow-up for

Inner hyphens - 99 entries

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

Reverse characters in a line - 500 entries

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

Remember FizzBuzz? - 499 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Delete unwanted lines - 303 entries

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

Pairs of numbers - 302 entries

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

Vim's not included features - 136 entries

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

Reverse and double space - 388 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

Going underground.... - 268 entries

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

vim1001 - 206 entries

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

Reformat most common surnames - 483 entries

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

Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 31 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!

Reformat some Python - 472 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

Free hyphen! - 92 entries

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

Stairs Indenting - 334 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 205 entries

Just testing.

NATO phonetic alphabet - 338 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

A simple change - 319 entries

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

Sorting database text output - 163 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?

Restore order to the alphabet - 138 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 447 entries

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

Interweave two blocks of text - 419 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?

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 389 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 - 440 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 - 370 entries

How fast could it be?

Sorting a glossary - 87 entries

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

Increment, increment, increment.... - 426 entries

Vim likes macros

Add fold markers to a .c file - 426 entries

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

Sorting paragraphs - 420 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

Context insensitive completion 0 - 416 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.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 303 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."

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 301 entries

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

Line Zipper - 375 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

learn vim in short time - 163 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Case preserving word replacement - 373 entries

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

Indentation - 381 entries

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

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 173 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Wget failed to download redirections - 142 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.

Double and switch - 30 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

Reverse and count - 370 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 - 365 entries

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

Shift down - 149 entries

Number words are back.

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 363 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Generate English Alphabets - 358 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Refactor static member invocation - 148 entries

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

Hatsuyume - 352 entries

Suffix sort - 151 entries

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

remove all lines in first part - 114 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!

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 226 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!

Manual SQL - 86 entries

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

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 337 entries

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

Sort entries based on date - 279 entries

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

abcd > a b c d - 222 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

increment by column in XML - 120 entries

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

Interleave lines - 109 entries

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

Subtraction - 137 entries

Solve the equations.

Readable Rubyhash - 215 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!

Create Leading Zeros - 174 entries

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

Table Reshuffle - 302 entries

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

Fun With The Diagonal - 59 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

Reformat long lines - 298 entries

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

Enumerate words - 207 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Get rid of html tags - 297 entries

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

ASCII Art - 58 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

Change name of a variable - 133 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.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 117 entries

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

Number an outline - 178 entries

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

The holy-grail may help - 275 entries

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

Word frequency alignment - 186 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...

Alphabetize the directory - 242 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Change your calendar - 181 entries

Happy New Year!

Deleting folded text - 260 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.

Compile C - 255 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 111 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!

Python to Ruby - 183 entries

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

Top X - 155 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

Winning streak - 90 entries

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

swap or reverse - 77 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Test everything! - 95 entries

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

Assign numbers to fields - 67 entries

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

expand a list comprehension (python) - 235 entries

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

Fix the Haiku - 237 entries

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

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 182 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

Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

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?

Prime Numbers - 236 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 230 entries

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

Block Fun 1 - 158 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Entries sort - 68 entries

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

Refactor arguments into object argument - 150 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

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

Separating firstname & lastname - 76 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Sort the cardinal numbers - 195 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Piphilology - 102 entries

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

Recursively Palindrome - 193 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Round Round - 198 entries

Round Round

Winding path - 81 entries

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

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

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.

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

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 191 entries

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

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 188 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

Fill visual area - 66 entries

Just have fun!

Refactoring useless Method away - 72 entries

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

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.

Groups magic - 129 entries

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

Sudoku table - 50 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

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

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.

Inconsistent real estate paste - 140 entries

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

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.

Turn this csv list into queries - 180 entries

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

Multiplication table. - 168 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Cartesian product - 178 entries

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

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 130 entries

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

Circle in a square - 119 entries

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

SQL to YAML - 32 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

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

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]:

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?

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?

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

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.

O Christmas Tree - 88 entries

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

Land of the Lost - 57 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Almost encrypted - 161 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

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.

ascii-art diamond - 20 entries

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

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Checkerboard case pattern - 106 entries

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

Solve the Sokoban - 150 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

Comparing scores - 65 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.

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

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)

CSV to JSON - 141 entries

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

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.

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 135 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 - 95 entries

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

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

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

Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

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

Lower cased and dashed strings - 36 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 ;)

Roman numerals - 57 entries

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

Create bison tokens - 30 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

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...

Square numbers - 49 entries

Boring math puzzle.

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

Happy New Year! - 126 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

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.)

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.

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 116 entries

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

Format the output - 95 entries

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

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?

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

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

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?

Tiny column alignment - 37 entries

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

It's a factor - 75 entries

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

Not enough Ps - 38 entries

Different type of code

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Greek column realign - 38 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 103 entries

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

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.

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

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

SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 69 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.

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.

Transposition - 64 entries

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

Remove hard line breaks - 31 entries

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

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

Same class but reverse!

Python: Lots of function arguments - 64 entries

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

Flip the chessboard - 64 entries

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

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"!

Before there was Farmville... - 90 entries

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

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 66 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

Create an alphabet diamond - 67 entries

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

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.

Binary and Increment - 32 entries

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

Sierpinski's Triangle - 62 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

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.

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.

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 58 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.)

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!

Dumb to smart - 78 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

fib.c cleanup - 53 entries

cleanup the file

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

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!

Enharmonic Equivalents - 52 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Recursive Cowsay - 41 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

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.

Permutations N=4 - 38 entries

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

Coordinates placeholder - 47 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

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.

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.)

Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 22 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.

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

Simple Maths - 25 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

50 factorials mod 97 - 23 entries

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

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

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...

un-C-escape string - 51 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Untangle my tail, please! - 36 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?

No naked if allowed! - 14 entries

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

Across-Down Flip - 37 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

maximun and minimun - 44 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

Extended Customer 2 - 39 entries

Format the chars

XML to JSON - 40 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

Under the cupola - 34 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!)

Sort by your own sum - 41 entries

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

Presidential Sorting - 41 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!

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!

range(10) digit rotation - 21 entries

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

Convert pasted text into Markdown - 10 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.

Custom McCarthy sequence - 18 entries

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

Fibonacci Triangles - 36 entries


Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 14 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

Conway sequence - 18 entries

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

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>"

Acute accents - 21 entries

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

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.

Change The Perspective - 30 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'.

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 18 entries

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

Refactor to Helpers - 42 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.)

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