Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

Pick a challenge, fire up Vim, and show us what you got.

Changelog, Rules & FAQ, updates: @vimgolf, RSS.

Your VimGolf key: please sign in

$ gem install vimgolf
$ vimgolf setup
$ vimgolf put [challenge ID]

23493 active golfers, 251886 entries, 409 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Getters & Setters: Java - 141 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...

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 138 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.

Checkerboard case pattern - 106 entries

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

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)

Double and switch - 36 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

Extract text from xml - 101 entries

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

Sudoku table - 55 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

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.

Happy New Year! - 129 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 123 entries

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

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 128 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.)

Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

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

Ninjas Leaderboard - 84 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.

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

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

Land of the Lost - 60 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Letters are numbers - 123 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?

Comparing scores - 68 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.

Converting group lines from format A to Format B - 20 entries

Convert from one format to another

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?

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

Flatten repo - 22 entries

For each git repository (<project> tag) translate name attribute to flatten directory structure. Add path attribute if missing (because checkout hierarchy must be kept). #xml

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Format the output - 95 entries

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

Square numbers - 57 entries

Boring math puzzle.

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

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

Roman numerals - 57 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 104 entries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_congruential_generator

It's a factor - 75 entries

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

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.

Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

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.

Lower cased and dashed strings - 41 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 ;)

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Create an alphabet diamond - 74 entries

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

Not enough Ps - 44 entries

Different type of code

Before there was Farmville... - 90 entries

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

Chucking wood - 69 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.)

SQL to YAML - 32 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

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

Same class but reverse!

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.

SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 70 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.

sort python functions and methods alphabetically - 13 entries

* sort functions in the python file alphabetically * sort functions within a Class alphabetically * sort Classes alphabetically

Transposition - 66 entries

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

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

ascii-art diamond - 27 entries

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

Python: Lots of function arguments - 66 entries

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

Flip the chessboard - 66 entries

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

Sierpinski's Triangle - 68 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

VimGolf Chatter