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Played Challenges

Increment number for every 10 lines - 136 entries

The file consists of 2 columns (code and percentage). We need to add 2 more columns with increasing number for 4th column (Xcols) and increment 3rd column (Ycols) only for every 10 lines with reset of 4th column

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #8 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 5
simple replacements - 847 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #13 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 4
Inverting Lines - 1115 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #184 / 309
  • Number of attempts: 1
RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 200 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #18 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 4
RUST match with enum for Coin - 135 entries

RUST match with enum for Coin rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 84
  • Best player score: 85
  • Position: #2 / 36
  • Number of attempts: 10
Modernise code - 708 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #17 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 3
Staircase - 23 entries

Going downstairs, while singing the alphabet song. Some vb practice to us all. Would it be much easier to make it go from left to right instead?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #4 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Enumerate Bullets - 156 entries

We will need to refer to the bullet points in our document explicitly later, so we need to assign them some ID's!

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #23 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 8
Put a cross in the square - 101 entries

Put a cross in the square

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #30 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 2
swap number pairs - 1357 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #83 / 263
  • Number of attempts: 5
HS Final exam vimgolf - 597 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #39 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 3
Easy modification of ssh config - 176 entries

Just add another alias to each worker

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #28 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 3
ssh config skills - 175 entries

Parse output from `kuebctl get no -o wide` into an .ssh/config file!

  • Best score: 41
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #3 / 44
  • Number of attempts: 6
Change double quotes to single quotes, but with a twist - 215 entries

Although this challenge is in the context of a Python function, you don't need to know Python to do this challenge. It is to add contexts and interesting constraints. The file contains a function that prints a multi-line string literal. I wrote the string literal with double quotes, but then I decided to use single quotes instead, and that's your challenge. However, interestingly enough, the string itself contains single and double quotes. This means, inside the string literal, the originally escaped double quotes no longer need to be escaped, but the single quotes now need to be escaped. Note that the triple double quotes in the docstring should be left alone.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #11 / 45
  • Number of attempts: 10
Rural Post - 3890 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #336 / 963
  • Number of attempts: 4
Satisfy the go linter - 1811 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #136 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 9
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 657 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #111 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 1
Multiline to Single Line - 410 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #94 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 587 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #140 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 2
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 677 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #58 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 999 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #26 / 461
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 970 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #57 / 199
  • Number of attempts: 11
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32803 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: #1621 / 7246
  • Number of attempts: 9
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 811 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #83 / 232
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get mail address from outlook format - 563 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #102 / 175
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 4415 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #407 / 1236
  • Number of attempts: 2
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5850 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #636 / 1439
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #648 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 7
Quote modules - 1003 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #67 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 9
Aliases for cd - 791 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #24 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 12
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #164 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 4
Unsemantic linewrapping - 822 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #135 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 8
V to the i - 4629 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1191 / 1852
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2720 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #452 / 809
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 278 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #26 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add string initializers to an enum - 741 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #83 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 4
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1098 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #49 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 12
Add semicolons - 10480 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1401 / 2972
  • Number of attempts: 1
Bad Copy Syntax - 1912 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #200 / 488
  • Number of attempts: 4
Split line with dots - 2087 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #234 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3442 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #519 / 1115
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3336 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #292 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 5
Box it - 7667 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #331 / 1831
  • Number of attempts: 8
Cool or not? - 748 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #62 / 214
  • Number of attempts: 5
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 706 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #84 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 10
Every other line - 2802 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #255 / 681
  • Number of attempts: 6
Copy three lines - 2778 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #169 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4608 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #660 / 1527
  • Number of attempts: 3
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 466 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: 30
  • Position: #16 / 115
  • Number of attempts: 4
Number Sort - 283 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
  • Position: #118 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flip the bit - 104 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #29 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11102 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2298 / 4100
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1771 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #205 / 567
  • Number of attempts: 4
Make HTML List - 985 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #27 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 6
Learn some german verbs - 495 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #46 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 10
Remember VimGolf Rules ! - 226 entries

Rules, ... and don't forget !

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #113 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 2
Missing Library and a Typo - 829 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: 16
  • Position: #94 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #279 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 10
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 794 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: #145 / 270
  • Number of attempts: 2
replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 209 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: 15
  • Position: #7 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vice versa - 7491 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #729 / 2030
  • Number of attempts: 5
Double and switch - 37 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #15 / 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
C Reformatting - 680 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #46 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 7
Paragraph sort - 404 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #37 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 13
Order and join - 859 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #89 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 4
comments galore - 967 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #286 / 409
  • Number of attempts: 3
Align commas - 1021 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: 11
  • Position: #88 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 10
Hello ${world} - 292 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #44 / 91
  • Number of attempts: 13
One to Ten - 2078 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: 13
  • Position: #366 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 5
citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 113 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #51 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1905 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #8 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 9
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #171 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 1
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #44 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reorder the groups - 1102 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #79 / 250
  • Number of attempts: 6
move titles next to url, in quotes - 481 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #21 / 127
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2289 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #36 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 18
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #501 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 8
Space out the alphabet - 1573 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #128 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 8
I forgot quotes - 15704 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1199 / 4104
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 3104 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #346 / 1107
  • Number of attempts: 4
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1091 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #72 / 289
  • Number of attempts: 13
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10522 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2416 / 3632
  • Number of attempts: 1
attr_aligner - 3378 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #183 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 13
Letter case trickery - 1535 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: 9
  • Position: #30 / 496
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12703 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1829 / 3909
  • Number of attempts: 2
Chinese Multiplication Table - 70 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.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #2 / 23
  • Number of attempts: 20
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1474 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #114 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 11
ASCII-art Histogram - 278 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #15 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 5
Saving the hashes(#) - 1943 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: 20
  • Position: #67 / 464
  • Number of attempts: 13
Alphabet soup - 361 entries

Create a column of all alphabet characters organized in a funky way

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #35 / 85
  • Number of attempts: 7
calculations - 251 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

  • Best score: 38
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #22 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vertical Limit - 2352 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #89 / 711
  • Number of attempts: 4
Switch function arguments - 1961 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #174 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 6
switch variable - 4894 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #968 / 1696
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make it more readable - 1878 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #185 / 617
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1802 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #54 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1758 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: 12
  • Position: #144 / 464
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment, increment, increment.... - 548 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #329 / 364
  • Number of attempts: 2
Compile C - 300 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #17 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple text editing with Vim - 11522 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1784 / 3380
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5908 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #166 / 1462
  • Number of attempts: 10
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