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Played Challenges

Many duplicates - 719 entries

Quick and easy

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #20 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 2
2 quick changes and a numbered list - 384 entries

The ascii will not be lost, but rather numbered in 4 digit blocks with leading zeros.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #22 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 3
delete swap - 830 entries

delete all swap

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #6 / 279
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate a very basic Python constructor (fixed) - 879 entries

Original by @BiddulphCaleb (http://www.vimgolf.com/challenges/6019f1c4642668000cee11e8) - had some extra spaces in output file.

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #22 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 17
Fix the shell script! - 1514 entries

Fix the shell script with the fewest keystrokes!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #23 / 373
  • Number of attempts: 11
Visual block training - 692 entries

You see the input. You see the output. Go.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #12 / 132
  • Number of attempts: 20
Put a newline after every 10 lines in vim - 1228 entries

Goal is to put a newline after every 10 lines in vim.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #114 / 423
  • Number of attempts: 3
Wikitext headings to markdown - 760 entries

Convert the wikitext headings to markdown.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #24 / 164
  • Number of attempts: 12
hello-world-vimgolf - 1850 entries

Simple number generation

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #183 / 526
  • Number of attempts: 4
Contribute to keyboard mashing - 718 entries

Speak in tongues

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #33 / 221
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reordering Lorem Ipsum - 212 entries

Who even sorted this?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #14 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 12
Fill in the chess board - 701 entries

Fill in the name of each square using its file (a-h) and rank (1-8).

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #17 / 148
  • Number of attempts: 20
Learn to ask for :help - 453 entries

Learn to use the help to reduce your strokes...

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #17 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 9
Plotting some variables in python - 1320 entries

4 sets of (x,y) variables to plot. Just increment the numbers! Well, let's change the colors of the lines as well. Oh and we meant to plot the absolute values of course.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #38 / 278
  • Number of attempts: 15
Transpose a python matrix - 648 entries

Rotate the matrix in 90 degrees.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #13 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 18
Lowercase first characters - 406 entries

This is the (abridged) input for Day 3 in Advent of Code 2019. The output is a format more suitable for Prolog programming: the two lines of input become two lists of pairs, joined together in a wires functor.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #22 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 8
simple replacements - 1194 entries

The goal is to see the replacement commands in action.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #59 / 266
  • Number of attempts: 8
Inverting Lines - 1472 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #159 / 400
  • Number of attempts: 6
RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 277 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #16 / 79
  • Number of attempts: 10
Making 3 line function a one liner. - 205 entries

Simple challenge for frequent action while programming.

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 4
  • Position: #91 / 135
  • Number of attempts: 1
Modernise code - 1032 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #49 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 10
Staircase - 81 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: 49
  • Position: #23 / 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Enumerate Bullets - 241 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: #30 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 5
Put a cross in the square - 148 entries

Put a cross in the square

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #8 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 5
swap number pairs - 1808 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #39 / 332
  • Number of attempts: 17
HS Final exam vimgolf - 782 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #23 / 209
  • Number of attempts: 11
Easy modification of ssh config - 289 entries

Just add another alias to each worker

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #20 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 9
Change double quotes to single quotes, but with a twist - 263 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: 27
  • Position: #27 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 8
Mr. Hacker - 76 entries

Elvin is hacker. He has piece of users database from some social net site. Recently he installed Vim, and he wants to convert CSV DB to specific format `key=value' where `key' is login and `value' is password, but password in DB is encrypted in ROT13. Help him.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #11 / 31
  • Number of attempts: 5
Python: Def to Lambda - 396 entries

LAMBDA!!!

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #68 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 4
Turn the x - 270 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #15 / 69
  • Number of attempts: 5
Rural Post - 4197 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #180 / 1035
  • Number of attempts: 10
Satisfy the go linter - 2041 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: 20
  • Position: #141 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 829 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #79 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 6
Multiline to Single Line - 554 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #202 / 249
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 619 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: 12
  • Position: #129 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 1
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 712 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: 18
  • Position: #55 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 8
Capitalize the Names - 328 entries

I want to capitalize the names in quotes, but just the people's names, not the file names.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #41 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 4
Yo To Hello - 1067 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #364 / 490
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1048 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: 21
  • Position: #42 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 11
Simple, Practical, and Common - 33074 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: #2356 / 7295
  • Number of attempts: 5
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 841 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #52 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 9
Get mail address from outlook format - 603 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #76 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reconstruct the actual output from my unit test tool report - 135 entries

When a test fails, my unit test tool reports differences between the actual output and the expected output as follow: - line in the expected output but missing in the actual output are prefixed with a dash - unexpected lines in the actual output are prefixed with a plus sign - comments added by the unit test tool are prefixed with a question mark - common lines are showed `as-is` (well, almost;) From that "diff" format, I would like to reconstruct the actual output.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #24 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add text at some column - 146 entries

Complete golang struct statement.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #18 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values - 4484 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #351 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 5
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6081 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #421 / 1485
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18472 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #748 / 3807
  • Number of attempts: 8
Right Align Part of the line - 96 entries

The challenge is to right align a part of the line - this is useful in some SQL queries where it's more clear which are the fields displayed

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #18 / 31
  • Number of attempts: 7
Quote modules (ver.2) - 197 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #22 / 53
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 15
  • Position: #11 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values inside brackets - 2441 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #105 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4647 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #780 / 1861
  • Number of attempts: 4
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2779 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #14 / 823
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 295 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #24 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 9
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1124 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: #57 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add semicolons - 10717 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #737 / 3020
  • Number of attempts: 4
Bad Copy Syntax - 1952 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #30 / 498
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2113 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #311 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 10
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3483 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #485 / 1128
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3477 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #151 / 779
  • Number of attempts: 6
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 631 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #266 / 368
  • Number of attempts: 2
Box it - 7722 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #445 / 1842
  • 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: 19
  • Position: #93 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1441 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: 17
  • Position: #143 / 441
  • Number of attempts: 4
Every other line - 2850 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #81 / 690
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2819 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #180 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 13
  • Position: #261 / 735
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4730 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #692 / 1565
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2520 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #236 / 688
  • Number of attempts: 5
comment and uncomment code inline - 1033 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: 9
  • Position: #149 / 303
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 11284 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1481 / 4140
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1789 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #277 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 4
Interweave two blocks of text - 613 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?

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #26 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 12
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: 16
  • Position: #98 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 5484 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #260 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 6
Add to end of each line... kinda - 307 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?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #145 / 163
  • Number of attempts: 1
ninja substitution - 1326 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #79 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vice versa - 7614 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #597 / 2063
  • Number of attempts: 5
Triangle of arrows - 144 entries

I made this by accident when working on another challenge. How would you go about making this?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #12 / 35
  • Number of attempts: 16
Sort files from hosts - 167 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #20 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 3
Order and join - 913 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #75 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 11
  • Position: #92 / 238
  • Number of attempts: 14
Generate a list of numbers - 280 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #63 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2119 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: 12
  • Position: #344 / 648
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1933 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #190 / 476
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reorder the groups - 1120 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #90 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 3
Restore order to the alphabet - 183 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #10 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 8
O Christmas Tree - 102 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #36 / 41
  • Number of attempts: 3
Array transposition - 2321 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #43 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 17
Mirror Symmetry - 787 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #92 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 10
Swap assigned value - 567 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #101 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 5
Entries sort - 80 entries

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

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #25 / 37
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4207 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #517 / 1174
  • Number of attempts: 6
VimGolfNight - 517 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #279 / 337
  • Number of attempts: 4
camel riding - 757 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #146 / 271
  • Number of attempts: 3
swap or reverse - 105 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #51 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 4
Space out the alphabet - 1602 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #109 / 436
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 14
  • Position: #11 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 9
Shuffled numbers - 224 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #37 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: #146 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remove hard line breaks - 61 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #8 / 29
  • Number of attempts: 7
Condensed Cases - 772 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: 12
  • Position: #62 / 237
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: 14
  • Position: #19 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 8
Happy TvvO - 394 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #148 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15827 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1123 / 4129
  • Number of attempts: 7
learn vim in short time - 221 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #122 / 152
  • Number of attempts: 1
vim1001 - 274 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #6 / 106
  • Number of attempts: 8
-a-b-c- - 3135 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #308 / 1118
  • Number of attempts: 5
Count both ways - 982 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #57 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 7
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: 19
  • Position: #8 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 9
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 233 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #61 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change name of a variable - 167 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.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #120 / 130
  • Number of attempts: 1
Lisp Condense - 432 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #57 / 152
  • Number of attempts: 5
120 Degrees - 457 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #36 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 8
Gray area - 712 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #124 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 4
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 223 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #12 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 6
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1107 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #152 / 292
  • Number of attempts: 12
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: 11
  • Position: #131 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 5
Where should I put the Newline? - 849 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #216 / 425
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mess in revision history - 1151 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #67 / 244
  • Number of attempts: 21
Shuffle puzzle - 317 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.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #20 / 101
  • Number of attempts: 4
Going underground.... - 315 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #5 / 122
  • Number of attempts: 9
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10562 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1585 / 3646
  • Number of attempts: 2
attr_aligner - 3403 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #176 / 686
  • Number of attempts: 14
Counting in binary - 443 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 47
  • Position: #93 / 111
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 9
  • Position: #35 / 503
  • Number of attempts: 9
Untangle my tail, please! - 57 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?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #7 / 31
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3077 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: 14
  • Position: #349 / 1057
  • Number of attempts: 6
Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 69 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #5 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 9
Words in parens - 12786 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2728 / 3928
  • Number of attempts: 1
Hole-in-one - 985 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.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #92 / 300
  • Number of attempts: 8
Delete unwanted lines - 390 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #185 / 223
  • Number of attempts: 1
Word frequency alignment - 256 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...

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #111 / 150
  • Number of attempts: 5
Coordinates placeholder - 61 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #6 / 35
  • Number of attempts: 5
Prefixes and suffixes - 571 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #22 / 186
  • Number of attempts: 8
Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 53 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...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #8 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python: Lots of function arguments - 88 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #17 / 41
  • Number of attempts: 8
Checkerboard case pattern - 138 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #45 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 2
NATO phonetic alphabet - 490 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #47 / 185
  • Number of attempts: 5
Printable ASCII characters - 120 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #9 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 13
A simple change - 429 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #46 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 3
SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 164 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #16 / 98
  • Number of attempts: 6
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 393 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."

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 3
The name of the game - 637 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #268 / 349
  • Number of attempts: 1
lamb had a little Mary - 569 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #25 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 9
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: 8
  • Position: #122 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 8
Stairs Indenting - 440 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #55 / 189
  • Number of attempts: 9
Unwrap the text of an email message - 180 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?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #31 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: 20
  • Position: #71 / 468
  • Number of attempts: 13
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: 24
  • Position: #25 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 81 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.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #57 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 1
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1044 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #130 / 427
  • Number of attempts: 4
Alphabet soup - 400 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #14 / 97
  • Number of attempts: 8
Enharmonic Equivalents - 54 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #33 / 33
  • Number of attempts: 1
Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 218 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.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #8 / 66
  • Number of attempts: 13
replacing each line of a block selection - 2874 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #126 / 753
  • Number of attempts: 14
Switch function arguments - 1996 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #183 / 632
  • Number of attempts: 4
Append semicolon after expressions - 975 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #131 / 394
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse and double space - 456 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #67 / 187
  • Number of attempts: 4
Remove noise from HTTP log - 668 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #139 / 264
  • Number of attempts: 3
Remove semicolons after expressions - 580 entries

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

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #120 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 2
un-C-escape string - 55 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #46 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4978 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #650 / 1716
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 526 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #302 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 926 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #11 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 23
Replacing some words - 417 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #48 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 4
Sort the cardinal numbers - 283 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #54 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 5
Make it more readable - 1925 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #193 / 633
  • Number of attempts: 7
Line Zipper - 448 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #18 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove dupes from array - 1324 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #83 / 328
  • Number of attempts: 9
PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 503 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!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #27 / 145
  • Number of attempts: 21
Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 151 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #51 / 67
  • Number of attempts: 7
Sort entries based on date - 357 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #43 / 112
  • Number of attempts: 10
Happy New Year! - 139 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #51 / 56
  • Number of attempts: 7
imports alignment (python) - 656 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 44
  • Position: #182 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 252 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #21 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 14
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: 19
  • Position: #39 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 2
HTML to Haml - 837 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #44 / 200
  • Number of attempts: 12
Reformat long lines - 329 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #28 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 5
Generate English Alphabets - 449 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #9 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 5
Insert a Markdown link - 422 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #40 / 142
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1838 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #71 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 145 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.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #29 / 68
  • Number of attempts: 8
The holy-grail may help - 324 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #151 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 3
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: #103 / 387
  • Number of attempts: 3
Shebangs for all - 1789 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: 11
  • Position: #65 / 472
  • Number of attempts: 8
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: #539 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 1
Table Reshuffle - 364 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #27 / 131
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reverse and count - 429 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #11 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 2
Letters are numbers - 147 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?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #35 / 72
  • Number of attempts: 7
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 230 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #37 / 83
  • Number of attempts: 4
Ruby 1.9 compat - 601 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: 14
  • Position: #67 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reverse Simple Deletion - 811 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #49 / 445
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment, increment, increment.... - 603 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #44 / 383
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hatsuyume - 433 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #8 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 6
The Cake is a Lie - 1245 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #263 / 499
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 480 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.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #112 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 438 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #151 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 2
Almost encrypted - 194 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #119 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make Fancy Header - 991 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #121 / 334
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat a C golf submission - 546 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #115 / 197
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse characters in a line - 679 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: 12
  • Position: #18 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 9
Reformat most common surnames - 608 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #26 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 6
Get rid of html tags - 353 entries

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

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #13 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 3
Change the content of a string - 1405 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #197 / 535
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sort and add attributes - 1238 entries

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

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #241 / 499
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1201 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: 20
  • Position: #115 / 354
  • Number of attempts: 10
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 3093 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #133 / 684
  • Number of attempts: 12
Flodder-challenge - 974 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #20 / 282
  • Number of attempts: 10
Simple text editing with Vim - 11811 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #668 / 3459
  • Number of attempts: 5
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6189 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #1279 / 1524
  • Number of attempts: 1
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