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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33032 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: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #971 / 7290
  • Number of attempts: 12
Swap values - 4484 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #864 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18439 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1580 / 3802
  • Number of attempts: 4
Wget failed to download redirections - 181 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.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #30 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 4
Separate the lines - 161 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #60 / 86
  • Number of attempts: 1
Split line with dots - 2113 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #240 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 1452 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: 25
  • Position: #295 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 4
From argument to object - 1439 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: 22
  • Position: #371 / 440
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2850 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #331 / 690
  • Number of attempts: 5
Extract argument from function - 2261 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #606 / 735
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4722 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #440 / 1562
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2520 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #123 / 688
  • Number of attempts: 5
comment and uncomment code inline - 1019 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: 10
  • Position: #163 / 301
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11281 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2172 / 4139
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1783 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1 / 573
  • Number of attempts: 5
Make HTML List - 994 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #133 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 4
Un"finnish"ed Work - 105 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #28 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 368 entries

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

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #14 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort yaml structures alphabetically by root key names - 29 entries

sometimes we want to sort structures alphabetically in yaml files

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 91
  • Position: #16 / 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Text to HTML Table - 157 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

  • Best score: 52
  • Best player score: 52
  • Position: #13 / 46
  • Number of attempts: 4
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 910 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: 41
  • Position: #65 / 355
  • Number of attempts: 5
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 242 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #61 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 1
Back to the roots - 47 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #17 / 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Missing Library and a Typo - 838 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: 23
  • Position: #176 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5479 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #539 / 1239
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple addition - 301 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #94 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hidden Message - 73 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 45
  • Position: #20 / 27
  • Number of attempts: 1
create arrows in a list - 92 entries

Add arrow at same distance

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #40 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Adam's challenge - 922 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: 18
  • Position: #35 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 5
Create Leading Zeros - 205 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #57 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 2
42-header - 36 entries

Rush 42mexican-standoff at 42 school

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #3 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 7
Create a table - 309 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #65 / 100
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 805 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
  • Position: #82 / 276
  • Number of attempts: 2
Combines all items - 290 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #118 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 1
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 226 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.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #62 / 78
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7598 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #711 / 2059
  • Number of attempts: 5
Pretty multi-line bash - 218 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #42 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 3
C Reformatting - 686 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #78 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sorting a glossary - 116 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
  • Position: #43 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 2
Order and join - 900 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #107 / 246
  • Number of attempts: 4
Paragraph breaks - 497 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #73 / 163
  • Number of attempts: 2
comments galore - 982 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #164 / 414
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace and keep the case - 405 entries

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

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #73 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change attribute to getter - 121 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #34 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 2
Scrambled numbers - 775 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #86 / 181
  • Number of attempts: 6
Alsa configuration - 485 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #56 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 7
Align commas - 1046 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: 17
  • Position: #158 / 238
  • Number of attempts: 4
Manual SQL - 114 entries

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

  • Best score: 49
  • Best player score: 65
  • Position: #23 / 44
  • Number of attempts: 5
mp3 - Cutlist - 28 entries

An audio CD was accidentally ripped into one single mp3 file. A dummy cue-file now needs to be filled out with the correct values to get single mp3 files.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 115
  • Position: #5 / 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hello ${world} - 298 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #52 / 93
  • Number of attempts: 4
Array transposition - 2321 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #183 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 10
Mirror Symmetry - 787 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #210 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 2
From A to B - 562 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #120 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 4203 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #210 / 1173
  • Number of attempts: 9
camel riding - 757 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #230 / 271
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 310 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #70 / 147
  • Number of attempts: 3
Interleave lines - 143 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #43 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1602 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #190 / 436
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove all lines in first part - 189 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!

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #29 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 4
Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 69 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.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #16 / 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fix the XML - 962 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #252 / 280
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line 'em up! - 373 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #87 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mute the second method of this script - 444 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #110 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 3
Condensed Cases - 765 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.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #91 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 3
increment by column in XML - 146 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #38 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 2
Pretty format for variable declarations - 147 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #47 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 2
Happy TvvO - 394 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #111 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15808 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1270 / 4124
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3129 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #160 / 1116
  • Number of attempts: 4
Suffix sort - 244 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #34 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 3
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 233 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #52 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 712 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #16 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 5
Don't know what this is - 1959 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: 12
  • Position: #207 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 10
Mess in revision history - 1151 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #202 / 244
  • Number of attempts: 1
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10562 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #954 / 3646
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #221 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 10
Letter case trickery - 1563 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.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #342 / 503
  • Number of attempts: 5
quotes inside quotes - 3070 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 :)

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #465 / 1055
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12775 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2293 / 3926
  • Number of attempts: 1
Block Fun 1 - 187 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #61 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 3
abcd > a b c d - 270 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #163 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 1
NATO phonetic alphabet - 490 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #116 / 185
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract text from xml - 106 entries

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

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #5 / 43
  • Number of attempts: 5
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1527 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #230 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 5
Saving the hashes(#) - 1973 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
  • Position: #179 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 6
Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 157 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?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 48
  • Position: #51 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1040 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #297 / 426
  • Number of attempts: 2
Enharmonic Equivalents - 54 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #12 / 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2386 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #355 / 723
  • Number of attempts: 7
replacing each line of a block selection - 2871 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #387 / 751
  • Number of attempts: 4
Switch function arguments - 1996 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #288 / 632
  • Number of attempts: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 975 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #227 / 394
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reverse and double space - 456 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #80 / 187
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove semicolons after expressions - 580 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #212 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4974 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #879 / 1715
  • Number of attempts: 6
Make it more readable - 1923 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #470 / 632
  • Number of attempts: 4
It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 209 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #65 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1838 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #24 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 7
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1177 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!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #82 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 7
Shebangs for all - 1788 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.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #360 / 471
  • Number of attempts: 3
A Simple One - 968 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #456 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 compat - 598 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!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #109 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reverse Simple Deletion - 800 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #319 / 441
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment, increment, increment.... - 600 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #309 / 382
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1238 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #236 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make Fancy Header - 985 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #109 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse characters in a line - 666 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
  • Position: #67 / 241
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reformat most common surnames - 599 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #155 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1393 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #158 / 531
  • Number of attempts: 5
Sort and add attributes - 1226 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #325 / 495
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1195 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #200 / 352
  • Number of attempts: 4
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3060 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #482 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flodder-challenge - 941 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #93 / 276
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6142 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #519 / 1515
  • Number of attempts: 2

Contributed Challenges

Add Go XML to structure tags - 151 entries

The Go programming language can directly map XML to structure fields. Add the correct XML tag after each field.

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entered into 114 challenges

contributed 1 challenges