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Open VimGolf challenges

Team names - 79 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Simple, Practical, and Common - 15075 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.

One number per line - 6657 entries

Just give me the numbers.

I forgot quotes - 7551 entries


Just the middle - 7168 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 8067 entries


Words in parens - 9107 entries

We should all ace this, right?

multiple cursor alternative - 451 entries


Vice versa - 4240 entries

Little role switching.

Array transposition - 566 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

From argument to object - 676 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?

Swap values - 2380 entries

Well, swap the values...

Simple text editing with Vim - 9121 entries

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

Collect List - 2604 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Basic renumbering - 3325 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Every other line - 1287 entries


Missing Library and a Typo - 394 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

Split line with dots - 1481 entries

This line is too long, split it.

V to the i - 3009 entries

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

Adam's challenge - 434 entries

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

Copy three lines - 1177 entries

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

comment and uncomment code inline - 391 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.

mp3 - Cutlist - 0 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.

Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 530 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5175 entries

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

switch variable - 3776 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

-a-b-c- - 2061 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 2583 entries

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

Todo list specification - 220 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 2453 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 :)

Interactive git rebase changing commands - 115 entries

How to change the action of some commits in git rebase dialog.

That hyphen - 1648 entries

"vim vi improved"

Search and Replace 0 - 3537 entries

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

Order and join - 493 entries

There's something special about the input order.

Create a table - 162 entries

Convert the given input into a formatted table

Extract argument from function - 1650 entries

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

Hello ${world} - 147 entries

Migrate a JavaScript String from concatenation to ES6 interpolation.

Simple addition - 174 entries

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

Don't know what this is - 1403 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 1080 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

C Reformatting - 487 entries

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

replacing each line of a block selection - 2198 entries

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

comments galore - 743 entries

Basic comment reformatting

Stairstep digits - 178 entries

Remove the evens. Double the odds.

Align commas - 576 entries

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

Scrambled numbers - 566 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

Vertical Limit - 1819 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2277 entries

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

Nesting SASS - 174 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

Un"finnish"ed Work - 91 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

Add Go XML to structure tags - 117 entries

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

Saving the hashes(#) - 1484 entries

The following file is copied from only for learning purpose,hope the site owner doesn't mind it), its probably the easiest of challenges.Our goal is to delete every line which doesn't contain a hash signs. The remaining hash signs with numbers are then sorted to get the final output.

Make HTML List - 713 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Letter case trickery - 1268 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.

Switch function arguments - 1626 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Separate the lines - 108 entries

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

Paragraph breaks - 344 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

Fix the XML - 756 entries

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

Text to HTML Table - 112 entries

Turn the plain text table to an HTML table.

From A to B - 438 entries

Mirror and change this text block

Make it more readable - 1590 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Mirror Symmetry - 633 entries

Add backslashes.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 893 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Count both ways - 807 entries

Right AND down.

Combines all items - 212 entries

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

camel riding - 638 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Numbering a List - 1632 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Alsa configuration - 425 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

Mess in revision history - 842 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1179 entries

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

Where should I put the Newline? - 749 entries

Help me put the newline.

Shebangs for all - 1494 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

Hole-in-one - 908 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.

Paragraph sort - 272 entries

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

Condensed Cases - 618 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.

Converting group lines from format A to Format B - 18 entries

Convert from one format to another

For all cases. - 77 entries

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

remove dupes from array - 1110 entries

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

Gray area - 558 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

replace 2nd column blanks with values in same column if blank - 159 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.

Change the content of a string - 1164 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Two become one - 609 entries

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

Wrap text in quotes - 228 entries

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

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 823 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Replace and keep the case - 304 entries

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

The Cake is a Lie - 1072 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Generate a list of numbers - 199 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

Sort and add attributes - 1019 entries

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

Append semicolon after expressions - 796 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 994 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

Reconstruct the Sentence - 959 entries

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

Pretty multi-line bash - 176 entries

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

Mute the second method of this script - 379 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

Exchanging Quotes - 698 entries

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

create arrows in a list - 55 entries

Add arrow at same distance

Angular naming conventions - 248 entries

In angular, a directive name follows the camelCase convention. When the directive is used in an HTML template, the words are instead separated by a dash. Go from to the other the fastest!

Make Fancy Header - 832 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

Sort files from hosts - 114 entries

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

7th Birthday - 131 entries

We have a bunch of numbers written from 0 to 9 in the order present in the text input file. The task is to create 7 by replacing the numbers with dashes.

A Simple One - 778 entries

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

Flodder-challenge - 776 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 772 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.

Happy TvvO - 320 entries

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

lipsum lines - 222 entries

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

Add to end of each line... kinda - 241 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?

Lisp Condense - 345 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

Line 'em up! - 254 entries

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

The name of the game - 536 entries

End up with the name of the game.

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 596 entries

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

readability - 262 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

VimGolfNight - 429 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

Remove noise from HTTP log - 544 entries

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

ASCII box - 273 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

120 Degrees - 324 entries

Rotate that triangle.

Reverse Simple Deletion - 656 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

Change attribute to getter - 79 entries

Wrap attributes with a getter method.

Format java properties - 57 entries

Format java properties to a different format. The value which is the string following the first '=' cannot & should not change. All periods in the key get replaced with an underscore "_" and get a prefix of "b_".

HTML to Haml - 630 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Assignment Alignment - 633 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Swap assigned value - 451 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Hidden Message - 34 entries

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

Prefixes and suffixes - 431 entries

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

Braces or Brackets? - 609 entries

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

Logging with key - 238 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

Minimalist Limerick - 422 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

lamb had a little Mary - 427 entries

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

The meaning - 467 entries

Numbers are fun!

Start coding format - 89 entries

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

A grid of punctuation - 106 entries

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

imports alignment (python) - 546 entries

Align as one import per line.

Shuffle puzzle - 270 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.

vim = 22 / 7 - 379 entries

pi square vim

Vim tetris - 291 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

Mirrored text - 130 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

underscore_to_camelCase - 128 entries

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

Extract HTML option values from tag values - 62 entries

Generate HTML option values from the text in the option tag. If the text contains multiple words, replace the spaces with an underscore and convert all capital letters to small letters.

Ruby 1.9 compat - 527 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!

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 134 entries

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

Flatten repo - 20 entries

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

Remove semicolons after expressions - 402 entries

A follow-up for

Array of characters - 96 entries

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

Split the words - 298 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

Reverse characters in a line - 501 entries

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

Shuffled numbers - 187 entries

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

Remember FizzBuzz? - 500 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Counting in binary - 309 entries

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

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 136 entries

FoodCritic ( is a lint tool for your Chef ( cookbooks. FC023 indicates that you should prefer Chef guards over Ruby conditions. This challenge expects you to be able to fix this issue in a sample cookbook, given the FoodCritic output: ================================================================ FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: cookbooks/foo/recipes/default.rb:25 ================================================================ See for more details about the changes being made.

Reformat most common surnames - 485 entries

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

Reverse and double space - 389 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

Pairs of numbers - 306 entries

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

Delete unwanted lines - 304 entries

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

Reformat some Python - 477 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

Interweave two blocks of text - 443 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?

Going underground.... - 269 entries

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

Stairs Indenting - 336 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

NATO phonetic alphabet - 343 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

vim1001 - 208 entries

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

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 449 entries

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

A simple change - 322 entries

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

Reformat a C golf submission - 445 entries

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

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 390 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!

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 208 entries

Just testing.

Vim's not included features - 139 entries

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

Replacing some words - 371 entries

How fast could it be?

Add fold markers to a .c file - 431 entries

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

Increment, increment, increment.... - 429 entries

Vim likes macros

Inner hyphens - 103 entries

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

Sorting paragraphs - 422 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

Sorting database text output - 168 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

Context insensitive completion 0 - 418 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.

Free hyphen! - 99 entries

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

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 304 entries

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

Restore order to the alphabet - 141 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 305 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."

Line Zipper - 378 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Case preserving word replacement - 375 entries

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

Indentation - 389 entries

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

learn vim in short time - 167 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Reverse and count - 374 entries

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

Insert a Markdown link - 366 entries

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

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 364 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Generate English Alphabets - 361 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 176 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Sorting a glossary - 88 entries

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

Wget failed to download redirections - 147 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.

Hatsuyume - 353 entries

Shift down - 151 entries

Number words are back.

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 338 entries

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

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 228 entries

"Sort by popularity" is a good order to play the challenges. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse. ;) Input is a sample copy-pasted from Some of the challenge names have digits that will get in your way, so read ":help :sort" for hints on sorting with a regex. When you're done, try your solution on the full list!

Refactor static member invocation - 150 entries

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

remove all lines in first part - 122 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!

Suffix sort - 152 entries

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

Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 38 entries

I bumped into this in a dailywtf code: I didn't want to translate a string whenever I wanted to be [Ss][Aa][Rr][Cc][Aa][Ss][Tt][Ii][Cc] on slack, so I figured a script (python, sed, whatever) would be helpful. Well, or a few vim keystroke!

Sort entries based on date - 281 entries

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

abcd > a b c d - 224 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Interleave lines - 118 entries

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

Table Reshuffle - 303 entries

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

Reformat long lines - 301 entries

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

Get rid of html tags - 300 entries

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

Readable Rubyhash - 216 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

Create Leading Zeros - 178 entries

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

Enumerate words - 212 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

increment by column in XML - 124 entries

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

Manual SQL - 87 entries

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

Number an outline - 188 entries

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

Subtraction - 138 entries

Solve the equations.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 121 entries

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

Change name of a variable - 134 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.

The holy-grail may help - 276 entries

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

Alphabetize the directory - 244 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Word frequency alignment - 187 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...

Palindrome numbers - 10 entries

For each number compute its associated palindrome. First number (first line) has been eaten! #prime

ASCII Art - 63 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

Deleting folded text - 261 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

Fun With The Diagonal - 63 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

Compile C - 259 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

Change your calendar - 182 entries

Happy New Year!

Double and switch - 33 entries

Aaaanother case switcher

Python to Ruby - 184 entries

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

Top X - 156 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

Prime Numbers - 244 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 114 entries

One of our favorites lines here at NBCU! p.s. The first version of #0 was deleted due to me copy/pasting a HTML entity. Congrats to the one who figured that out, you are a true ninja warrior!

expand a list comprehension (python) - 237 entries

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

Fix the Haiku - 238 entries

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

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 182 entries

1. Put the whole query on one line, remove the concatenation operators 2. Remove the double spaces that appear a few times in the query 3. Use string-interpolated variable statementPid rather than the ugly concatenation

Winning streak - 93 entries

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

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 230 entries

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

Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 157 entries

col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1;4;5 A;3;4; A;1;4; # New output: col1;col2;col3;col4 A;1(2x);3;4(3x);5 any ideas?

Assign numbers to fields - 73 entries

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

Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Test everything! - 96 entries

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

swap or reverse - 80 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Block Fun 1 - 158 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Refactor arguments into object argument - 150 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

Dehamlizing - 155 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Sort the cardinal numbers - 195 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Winding path - 91 entries

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

Shuffle and Sort - 159 entries

The values where sorted incorrectly. Get them back to how they are supposed to be

Entries sort - 69 entries

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

Round Round - 199 entries

Round Round

Recursively Palindrome - 193 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

Piphilology - 102 entries

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

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

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 151 entries

Most projects have specific coding style guidelines. In this case, the argument list must be broken into a new line for each argument, with the argument names right aligned, taking into account pointers.

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 191 entries

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

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 191 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

Separating firstname & lastname - 76 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Groups magic - 131 entries

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

Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

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

REDRUM - 129 entries

If you remember "The Shinning", the first time you saw the bloody word REDRUM you probably thinked "What the Hell is that?" Well, then you know that you need a little help from a looking-glass to make sense of it. Now it's time to use vim like a mirror to reveal the message.

formatted text to markdown - 170 entries

You're converting some posts from an old blog to markdown. The formatted text is far closer to the finished product than the html markup, so it seems like a good place to start. Word wrapping seems to be the main area for optimization.

Turn this csv list into queries - 180 entries

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

Inconsistent real estate paste - 140 entries

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

Multiplication table. - 168 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Cartesian product - 178 entries

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

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 130 entries

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

Refactoring useless Method away - 72 entries

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

Fill visual area - 66 entries

Just have fun!

Circle in a square - 119 entries

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

Create a pandoc compatible table - 132 entries

In [this vimcast][1], a featured gist from Tim Pope shows how to quickly make a simple table structure. How fast can you convert it to pandoc's markdown style? [1]:

Draw the Go board - 108 entries

which is a 19×19 lines board. Here we use ascii characters only for simplicity. See diff file to get a sense. (See also

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 128 entries

I know it's possible to use #. in pandoc to auto-generate numbered lists, but then it's not easy to tell how many items there are when reading it in Markdown. How fast can you make the switch?

Unwrap the text of an email message - 119 entries

Reverse of "Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters". gq and gw are great for wrapping paragraphs. But sometimes other programs choke on your wrapped lines. What's the best way to un-gq?

Rail fence transposition cipher - 63 entries

Solve a rail fence transposition cipher using vim. This ciphertext was created using two rails. Use vim to transpose the text and recover the original quote.

Define to require - 113 entries

When JSHint is enabled, there's a rule that doesn't let you have more than 6 arguments in a function, so the moment you need to add a 7th argument, you need to do a refactoring.

Almost encrypted - 161 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

Sudoku table - 50 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

O Christmas Tree - 88 entries

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

Land of the Lost - 60 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 116 entries

Tic-Tac-Toe You are 'X', and it is your turn. Stop 'O' from winning, and complete the game. Draw a diagonal line through your winning row of three X's.

Solve the Sokoban - 150 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

ascii-art diamond - 27 entries

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

PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 148 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

Checkerboard case pattern - 106 entries

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

Comparing scores - 68 entries

If Alice and Bob both did the challenge, put their entries together in the top paragraph, so we can compare their scores more easily.

Changing URL path in CSS - 111 entries

What's the quickest way to swap out all the URLs in a CSS file? Is it wasted keystrokes using look-behinds and look-aheads? (I'm sorry for the delete/report--I made a mistake with the last one requiring an ugly search for graphic to replace with images. I just intended this to be a simple search and replace that might possibly generate some macros or normals solutions that are quicker)

CSV to JSON - 141 entries

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

Extract text from xml - 101 entries

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

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

SQL to YAML - 32 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 136 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

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

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

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

Ninjas Leaderboard - 79 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

Getters & Setters: Java - 129 entries

Boilerplate getters & setters - it's a tedious fact of life in Java, and probably the only thing that still pulls me back to an IDE. Perhaps someone knows a fast, pure vim way...

Happy New Year! - 126 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

Lower cased and dashed strings - 39 entries

As I have to generate big fixtures files, I wanted to find a way to format input data the way described by start and end files. Especially the lower-cased-and-dashed ids Not so good to find a pure Vim way, that's why I submit this challenge ;)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 125 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

Roman numerals - 57 entries

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

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

Square numbers - 52 entries

Boring math puzzle.

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

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

Letters are numbers - 121 entries

Letters and numbers are interchangeable. A lot of programming languages give you simple ways to convert individual letters to hex, binary and decimal but does Vim?

Format the output - 95 entries

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

Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 59 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

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

It's a factor - 75 entries

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

Create bison tokens - 30 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

Not enough Ps - 41 entries

Different type of code

Tiny column alignment - 37 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 103 entries

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Remove Accent off the Letter - 100 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

Greek column realign - 40 entries

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

Chucking wood - 68 entries

An exercise in compressing repetitive text. For this challenge, any entry that uses keys outside the main row (such as arrow keys, Home, End, Delete, etc.) will be removed. (Esc is OK, though you should be using C-[ anyway.)

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

Complete the circuit grid! - 72 entries

Continuing from the last challenge, add additional rows to the grid. Change each of the names from 'A1'...'A10' to 'B1'...'B10', 'C1'...'C10', etc, and for each new row add 0.7 to the X values in the (X Y) at the end of each line.

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

Make the circuit grid! - 71 entries

Copy this command for a circuit layout program to create 10 total smd commands. Increment the number in quotes to name each pad, and add 0.7 to each of the (X Y) coordinates at the end of each line.

SFD-ROC: ROT13 Phonics - 69 entries

A is for apple, b is for ball, etc... This familiar phonics poem has been rotated 13 characters. Make the letter match the word.

Flip the chessboard - 66 entries

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

Remove hard line breaks - 34 entries

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

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

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

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

Same class but reverse!

Python: Lots of function arguments - 65 entries

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

Before there was Farmville... - 90 entries

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

Transposition - 64 entries

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

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 66 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

Create an alphabet diamond - 67 entries

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

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 60 entries

Not as easy as the last challenge. This time, just one space between a and b, up to 25 spaces between y and z. (Removed some lines; diff was too long.)

JSON string rotation - 35 entries

Right value strings are misplaced. Just rotate them! I'm too kind with you guys and didn't included "strings with \" in it"!

Sierpinski's Triangle - 62 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

Circle of Fifths with Sharps - 61 entries

Display a list of the Circle of Fifths with corresponding solfege syllables with sharps. Handling spaces may be tricky.

Add links to an existing HTML table - 59 entries

Add these links at that top to the respective table cell. First link, first cell, etc.

Five Pillars - 43 entries

Arrange all words in a table with 5 columns. The minimal space between words in columns is 2 spaces. Columns do have varying width.

Dumb to smart - 80 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

Binary and Increment - 32 entries

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

fib.c cleanup - 54 entries

cleanup the file

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

Carriage return - 40 entries

I have some raw data from terminal output which uses carriege return for formatting. Carriage return sets the pointer to the first character on the line, and subsequent characters will overwrite what was there before. The challange is to simulate the terminal behaviour in vim. I'm kind of unsure if I should have skipped lines 9 and 15, since there might be some interesting solutions which are not that generic. Happy Golfing!

Enharmonic Equivalents - 52 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Recursive Cowsay - 41 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

Coordinates placeholder - 47 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

Chinese Multiplication Table - 46 entries

Print a Chinese multiplication table in Vim. In China, every kid is asked to memorize this table. And thanks to the mono-syllabism of Chinese characters, it is not that hard. Printing the multiplication table is also a good exercise for programming beginners. For-loop, escaped characters, etc... There should be some special ways to print it in Vim.

Convert regular pandoc footnotes to in-line notes - 51 entries

Pandoc extends markdown by allowing footnotes, which are usually represented with a footnote identifier followed later in the document by the footnote itself. But Pandoc also allows inline footnotes without identifiers. How many strokes does it take to convert regular footnotes to inline notes? (NB: I've had trouble figuring out whether text-width makes a difference to Vimgolf in comparing the input and output file. I finally tested this locally using the Vimgolf vimrc and did a "gq" on the entire buffer as the last step. Apologies if I'm making a newbie mistake. First time submitter.)

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

Permutations N=4 - 38 entries

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

Sort with uniq OpenEmbedded package names - 26 entries

For each line take 4th dirname of path. For example: "alsa-utils", "gawk-3.1.5", ... But! But if previous result is "files", take 3rd dirname instead. For example: "mktemp", "mklibs" ... If version is present in package name (dash is the separator character), take it. For example: "apt-" prevails over "apt". And finally, use sort -u to get unique names!

Untangle my tail, please! - 39 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?

un-C-escape string - 52 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 45 entries

The lines with the biggest sums need to be at the top. The sums are on the right, which makes life hard. Maybe you can find a feature that will do all the work for you...

Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 23 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.

Presidential Sorting - 45 entries

Given a nice CSV formatted arrangement of the Presidents of the United States, we need to print out an alphabetical list in pretty columns. Prove that vim can conquer this basic Excel task!

Maze path - 20 entries

Follow the given motions and mark your path with Xs. Attention: This maze is quite big (20x20), please set your terminal size to at least 82.

range(10) digit rotation - 25 entries

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

Under the cupola - 37 entries

Taking some liberty about the name and plot of the Stephen King's famous novel (and TV series) to make this challenge. Are you able to recreate graphically the key phrase of the story? (I think is gonna be hard!)

Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 18 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

Simple Maths - 25 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

Custom McCarthy sequence - 22 entries

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

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

50 factorials mod 97 - 23 entries

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

XML to JSON - 41 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

maximun and minimun - 44 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

Across-Down Flip - 37 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

Extended Customer 2 - 39 entries

Format the chars

Sort by your own sum - 41 entries

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

Fibonacci Triangles - 38 entries


Greek Letters - 39 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

No naked if allowed! - 15 entries

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

LaTeX to XML Math Delimiters - 35 entries

Vim is amazing when used to edit MediaWiki text, but typing "<math> . . . </math>" can be tiresome and frustrating if formulas are used often. LaTeX delimiters are so concise and even come in two flavors: "\( . . . \)" for inline math and "\[ . . . \]" for centered formulas. The goal is to perform the following conversions: "\( . . . \)" becomes "<math>. . .</math>" "\[ . . . \]" becomes "<center><math>. . .</math></center>"

Refactor to Helpers - 45 entries

This Rails partial is almost all template escapes. Put it into a helper, and refactor each case to methods so we can build out the controls for each. (I've converted to tabs - fighting with Vimgolf's default config shouldn't be part of the challenge.)

199 Fibonacci Numbers - 34 entries

Generate 199 Fibonacci Numbers using, if you like, the function S(x,y), a vimscript to sum two big numbers in reverse order.

Convert pasted text into Markdown - 11 entries

I often need to copy/paste text into Markdown files. The challenge here is to wrap the lines in a way that prefers breaks after periods, commas, or other logical demarcations. There should be no spaces at the beginning of a line.

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 20 entries

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

Change The Perspective - 31 entries

This is a go game recodes file(.sgf file, refer to It base on such a coordinate system: in vertical direction, is from top(farthest end) to bottom, mark as a,b,c,...,s(19*19 board); in horizontal direction, is from left to right, uses the same notations. For Example, the coordinate notation 'cq', is the position at the bottom-left corner(vertical coordinate first). The record is from one player's perspective. We need to change to another's, but we don't want to change coordinate system, let it keep top to bottom and left to right. so we have to change the coordinates, a <-> s, b <-> r,c <-> q, etc. the Position 'cq', as transformation, it will be 'qd'.

Acute accents - 21 entries

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

Conway sequence - 17 entries

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

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