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13815 active golfers, 121493 entries, 297 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 932 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.

Vim's not included features - 35 entries

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

Vice versa - 428 entries

Little role switching.

Assign numbers to fields - 30 entries

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

Just the middle - 3179 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Collect List - 624 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 5860 entries


I forgot quotes - 2830 entries


Words in parens - 6654 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Add to end of each line... kinda - 102 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?

Basic renumbering - 1606 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Make HTML List - 261 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

Simple text editing with Vim - 7543 entries

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

Mirror Symmetry - 276 entries

Add backslashes.

V to the i - 1625 entries

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

camel riding - 439 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

-a-b-c- - 1062 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

Fix the XML - 445 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 561 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

That hyphen - 917 entries

"vim vi improved"

attr_aligner - 1853 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 4460 entries

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

quotes inside quotes - 1932 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 :)

Extract argument from function - 1200 entries

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

switch variable - 3045 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

Don't know what this is - 856 entries

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

Line 'em up! - 172 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 2896 entries

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

readability - 221 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Count both ways - 577 entries

Right AND down.

Restore order to the alphabet - 113 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Condensed Cases - 439 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.

Mute the second method of this script - 302 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

replacing each line of a block selection - 1833 entries

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

Where should I put the Newline? - 625 entries

Help me put the newline.

Letter case trickery - 1014 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.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 572 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Gray area - 408 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

Saving the hashes(#) - 1182 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.

Vertical Limit - 1415 entries

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

Mess in revision history - 654 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2043 entries

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

Shuffled numbers - 160 entries

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

Switch function arguments - 1324 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Logging with key - 198 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

ASCII box - 216 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

Happy TvvO - 259 entries

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

Hole-in-one - 818 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.

Make it more readable - 1385 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Two become one - 521 entries

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

Entries sort - 59 entries

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

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 994 entries

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

Numbering a List - 1436 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Lisp Condense - 311 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

Shebangs for all - 1288 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.

remove all lines in first part - 99 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!

remove dupes from array - 966 entries

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

Sorting database text output - 139 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?

swap or reverse - 65 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 686 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

120 Degrees - 265 entries

Rotate that triangle.

Change the content of a string - 1069 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Append semicolon after expressions - 693 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

The Cake is a Lie - 966 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Sort and add attributes - 948 entries

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

Shuffle puzzle - 240 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.

Wget failed to download redirections - 132 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.

Interleave lines - 92 entries

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

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 898 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!

Exchanging Quotes - 641 entries

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

Reconstruct the Sentence - 881 entries

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

VimGolfNight - 368 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

Vim tetris - 268 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

vim1001 - 169 entries

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

Make Fancy Header - 769 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 171 entries

Just testing.

Flodder-challenge - 743 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

Maze path - 17 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.

The name of the game - 466 entries

End up with the name of the game.

A Simple One - 718 entries

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

increment by column in XML - 102 entries

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

learn vim in short time - 130 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Split the words - 282 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.

Refactor static member invocation - 137 entries

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

Shift down - 126 entries

Number words are back.

Minimalist Limerick - 386 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Swap assigned value - 400 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 683 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.

Going underground.... - 257 entries

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

Remove noise from HTTP log - 471 entries

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

lamb had a little Mary - 397 entries

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

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 515 entries

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

Suffix sort - 144 entries

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

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 161 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Winning streak - 82 entries

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

Pretty format for variable declarations - 108 entries

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

Prefixes and suffixes - 359 entries

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

vim = 22 / 7 - 348 entries

pi square vim

Pairs of numbers - 290 entries

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

Delete unwanted lines - 287 entries

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

The meaning - 448 entries

Numbers are fun!

Counting in binary - 282 entries

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

Rail fence transposition cipher - 60 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.

Reverse Simple Deletion - 604 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

HTML to Haml - 591 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Braces or Brackets? - 591 entries

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

Assignment Alignment - 564 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Tiny column alignment - 33 entries

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

Test everything! - 83 entries

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

Stairs Indenting - 316 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

Remove semicolons after expressions - 360 entries

A follow-up for

Change name of a variable - 123 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.

imports alignment (python) - 503 entries

Align as one import per line.

Land of the Lost - 52 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Reverse and double space - 364 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

Ruby 1.9 compat - 508 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!

Subtraction - 119 entries

Solve the equations.

Fill visual area - 52 entries

Just have fun!

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 107 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!

A simple change - 280 entries

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

Refactoring useless Method away - 71 entries

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

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 386 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!

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 293 entries

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

Replacing some words - 360 entries

How fast could it be?

Separating firstname & lastname - 59 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Reformat some Python - 449 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

Reverse characters in a line - 448 entries

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

Reformat most common surnames - 446 entries

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

NATO phonetic alphabet - 280 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 278 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."

Winding path - 80 entries

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

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 425 entries

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

Reformat a C golf submission - 423 entries

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

Remember FizzBuzz? - 422 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Create Leading Zeros - 169 entries

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

Add fold markers to a .c file - 409 entries

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

Interweave two blocks of text - 373 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?

Context insensitive completion 0 - 397 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.

Line Zipper - 360 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Case preserving word replacement - 363 entries

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

Sorting paragraphs - 387 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 194 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!

Number an outline - 174 entries

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

Indentation - 365 entries

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

Increment, increment, increment.... - 362 entries

Vim likes macros

Insert a Markdown link - 360 entries

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

Reverse and count - 356 entries

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

abcd > a b c d - 208 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 348 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Readable Rubyhash - 202 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!

Generate English Alphabets - 337 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 332 entries

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

Sort entries based on date - 276 entries

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

Hatsuyume - 329 entries

Not enough Ps - 33 entries

Different type of code

Top X - 151 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

Enumerate words - 186 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Word frequency alignment - 181 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...

Change your calendar - 180 entries

Happy New Year!

Remove hard line breaks - 27 entries

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

Assign list - 142 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 52 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Reformat long lines - 296 entries

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

Table Reshuffle - 295 entries

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

Python to Ruby - 182 entries

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

Parsing with CSV: Unify lines and result. - 156 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?

Get rid of html tags - 286 entries

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

Piphilology - 87 entries

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

Alphabetize the directory - 237 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Do you speak Spanish ? - 52 entries

Do you write often in Spanish? If so, use digraph to insert the inverse question mark.

Comparing scores - 60 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.

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

Refactor arguments into object argument - 148 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Roman numerals - 56 entries

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

The holy-grail may help - 267 entries

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

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 180 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

Merge blank lines and properly capitalize - 22 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.

Square numbers - 39 entries

Boring math puzzle.

Deleting folded text - 253 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.

Block Fun 1 - 147 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Greek column realign - 32 entries

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

O Christmas Tree - 85 entries

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

expand a list comprehension (python) - 233 entries

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

Dehamlizing - 153 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Compile C - 232 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

Fix the Haiku - 231 entries

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

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"!

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 227 entries

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

Draw the Go board - 107 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

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!

Groups magic - 126 entries

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

Shuffle and Sort - 148 entries

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

Binary and Increment - 31 entries

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

Java Array2List - 207 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

Aligning function arguments to match a specific coding style - 145 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.

REDRUM - 120 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.

Circle in a square - 116 entries

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

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

Sort the cardinal numbers - 193 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

Prime Numbers - 205 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

SFD-ROC: The Quick Brown Fox - 127 entries

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

Inconsistent real estate paste - 137 entries

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

PHP <--> Java class conversion Part 1 - 175 entries

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 54 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.

Define to require - 109 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.

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 193 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

Create a pandoc compatible table - 131 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]:

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 187 entries

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

Round Round - 187 entries

Round Round

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.

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 185 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

Multiplication table. - 168 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Recursively Palindrome - 173 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Complete the hex array data - 166 entries

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

Turn this csv list into queries - 178 entries

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

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 112 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.

Unwrap the text of an email message - 105 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?

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 118 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?

Checkerboard case pattern - 102 entries

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

Cartesian product - 172 entries

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

Ninjas Leaderboard - 68 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.

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)

Extract text from xml - 95 entries

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

Almost encrypted - 157 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 146 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

Printable ASCII characters - 86 entries

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

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 92 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

Custom McCarthy sequence - 12 entries

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

Calculate the table totals - 100 entries

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

CSV to JSON - 141 entries

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

paste indent correction - JS - 68 entries

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

It's a factor - 73 entries

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

Solve the Sokoban - 139 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

50 factorials mod 97 - 16 entries

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

Simple Maths - 21 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

Five Pillars - 42 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.

Overall Vimgolf Rank - 131 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.

Format the output - 91 entries

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

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

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

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.)

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

Complete the hex array data (Part II) - 111 entries

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

Getters & Setters: Java - 120 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! - 118 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

Word Blender - 117 entries

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

Letters are numbers - 115 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?

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 17 entries

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

Carriage return - 36 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!

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.

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 - 67 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.

Transposition - 60 entries

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

Python: Lots of function arguments - 61 entries

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

Create an alphabet diamond - 67 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 100 entries

Chucking wood - 58 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.)

SFD-ROC: ASCII Logo Border - 62 entries

Draw a border around this familiar logo ;)

Flip the chessboard - 56 entries

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

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

Same class but reverse!

Recursive Cowsay - 40 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

Circle of Fifths with Sharps - 57 entries

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

Before there was Farmville... - 89 entries

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

range(10) digit rotation - 12 entries

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

Sierpinski's Triangle - 57 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

fib.c cleanup - 51 entries

cleanup the file

Remove Accent off the Letter - 85 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

Permutations N=4 - 32 entries

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

Chinese Multiplication Table - 45 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.

Add links to an existing HTML table - 48 entries

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

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 45 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.)

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.)

Coordinates placeholder - 43 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

Dumb to smart - 76 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

Extended Customer 2 - 37 entries

Format the chars

Untangle my tail, please! - 29 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?

Fibonacci Triangles - 36 entries


Under the cupola - 28 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!)

Across-Down Flip - 31 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

un-C-escape string - 49 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

Sort by your own sum - 39 entries

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

XML to JSON - 37 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

Presidential Sorting - 38 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!

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>"

Enharmonic Equivalents - 40 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 37 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...

Greek Letters - 34 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!

199 Fibonacci Numbers - 31 entries

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

Conway sequence - 5 entries

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

maximun and minimun - 35 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

Acute accents - 10 entries

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

Refactor to Helpers - 42 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.)

Change The Perspective - 21 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'.

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