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17094 active golfers, 162749 entries, 336 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 8362 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.

Every other line - 162 entries


One number per line - 2090 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Just the middle - 5405 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Paragraph breaks - 158 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

I forgot quotes - 5193 entries


Split line with dots - 1013 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Vice versa - 3018 entries

Little role switching.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 7067 entries


Swap values - 1453 entries

Well, swap the values...

Words in parens - 7889 entries

We should all ace this, right?

C Reformatting - 283 entries

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

Copy three lines - 492 entries

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

Collect List - 1931 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Simple text editing with Vim - 8359 entries

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

Basic renumbering - 2626 entries

Renumbering Basic.

V to the i - 2437 entries

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

Paragraph sort - 189 entries

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

Generate a list of numbers - 137 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

Align commas - 388 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 4920 entries

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

Pretty multi-line bash - 115 entries

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

-a-b-c- - 1671 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

comments galore - 633 entries

Basic comment reformatting

attr_aligner - 2260 entries

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

Wrap text in quotes - 174 entries

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

Scrambled numbers - 382 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

switch variable - 3472 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

quotes inside quotes - 2223 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 :)

From A to B - 316 entries

Mirror and change this text block

That hyphen - 1366 entries

"vim vi improved"

Extract argument from function - 1481 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 3269 entries

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

Space out the alphabet - 888 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Don't know what this is - 1169 entries

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

Alsa configuration - 340 entries

I'm tweaking my ~/.asoundrc file!

Make HTML List - 604 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

A grid of punctuation - 73 entries

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

replacing each line of a block selection - 2017 entries

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

Fix the XML - 652 entries

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

Array of characters - 70 entries

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

Mirror Symmetry - 505 entries

Add backslashes.

Vertical Limit - 1611 entries

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

camel riding - 561 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Letter case trickery - 1166 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.

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2154 entries

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

Count both ways - 742 entries

Right AND down.

Saving the hashes(#) - 1308 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.

Replace and keep the case - 281 entries

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

Switch function arguments - 1502 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 733 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Condensed Cases - 587 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.

Make it more readable - 1488 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Where should I put the Newline? - 710 entries

Help me put the newline.

Mess in revision history - 752 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Hole-in-one - 882 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.

Numbering a List - 1520 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1086 entries

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

Angular naming conventions - 232 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!

Gray area - 488 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

Shebangs for all - 1381 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.

lipsum lines - 204 entries

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

Mute the second method of this script - 361 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

Two become one - 547 entries

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

underscore_to_camelCase - 114 entries

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

Mirrored text - 115 entries

backward and forward, and long enough to be challenging

remove dupes from array - 1005 entries

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

Add to end of each line... kinda - 224 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?

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 765 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Change the content of a string - 1133 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

Line 'em up! - 233 entries

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

JS notation to Immutable.js notation - 121 entries

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

The Cake is a Lie - 1027 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Happy TvvO - 305 entries

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

readability - 249 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Append semicolon after expressions - 748 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

Sort and add attributes - 975 entries

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

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 941 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 - 921 entries

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

Inner hyphens - 86 entries

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

ASCII box - 254 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

Lisp Condense - 331 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

FoodCritic023: Prefer conditional attributes - 121 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.

Exchanging Quotes - 667 entries

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

Free hyphen! - 81 entries

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

Logging with key - 234 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

ascii-art diamond - 20 entries

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

Make Fancy Header - 816 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

120 Degrees - 303 entries

Rotate that triangle.

Sorting a glossary - 79 entries

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

Flodder-challenge - 767 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

VimGolfNight - 404 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

A Simple One - 746 entries

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

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 734 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.

The name of the game - 510 entries

End up with the name of the game.

Shuffled numbers - 180 entries

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

Remove noise from HTTP log - 519 entries

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

Vim's not included features - 125 entries

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

Shuffle puzzle - 263 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.

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 536 entries

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

Swap assigned value - 435 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Minimalist Limerick - 415 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Vim tetris - 286 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

Reverse Simple Deletion - 633 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

lamb had a little Mary - 407 entries

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

HTML to Haml - 605 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Restore order to the alphabet - 133 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Assignment Alignment - 598 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Prefixes and suffixes - 388 entries

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

Braces or Brackets? - 598 entries

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

The meaning - 458 entries

Numbers are fun!

Split the words - 297 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.

vim1001 - 203 entries

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

Fun With The Diagonal - 53 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

vim = 22 / 7 - 359 entries

pi square vim

Sorting database text output - 157 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?

ASCII Art - 52 entries

how good are you with simple regex?

Counting in binary - 305 entries

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

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 200 entries

Just testing.

Going underground.... - 264 entries

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

Delete unwanted lines - 297 entries

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

imports alignment (python) - 523 entries

Align as one import per line.

Ruby 1.9 compat - 523 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!

Manual SQL - 82 entries

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

Pairs of numbers - 293 entries

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

Remove semicolons after expressions - 381 entries

A follow-up for

Reverse and double space - 376 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

Reverse characters in a line - 484 entries

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

Stairs Indenting - 327 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

Reformat most common surnames - 471 entries

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

Remember FizzBuzz? - 470 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

Reformat some Python - 463 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

A simple change - 306 entries

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

learn vim in short time - 152 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

PHP Array Syntax -> MailChimp Merge Syntax - 388 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!

NATO phonetic alphabet - 317 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

Wget failed to download redirections - 134 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.

Replacing some words - 365 entries

How fast could it be?

Shift down - 146 entries

Number words are back.

remove all lines in first part - 109 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!

Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 438 entries

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

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 168 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Reformat a C golf submission - 432 entries

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

Interweave two blocks of text - 400 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?

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 298 entries

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

Add fold markers to a .c file - 425 entries

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

Refactor static member invocation - 146 entries

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

Suffix sort - 151 entries

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

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 291 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."

Context insensitive completion 0 - 411 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.

Increment, increment, increment.... - 408 entries

Vim likes macros

Sorting paragraphs - 398 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

increment by column in XML - 119 entries

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

Line Zipper - 366 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

Case preserving word replacement - 371 entries

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

Interleave lines - 104 entries

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

SQL to YAML - 32 entries

Should be easy with vim, or not?

Indentation - 380 entries

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

Reverse and count - 365 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 - 364 entries

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

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 360 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 114 entries

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

Generate English Alphabets - 348 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Change name of a variable - 132 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.

Assign numbers to fields - 64 entries

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

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 336 entries

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

swap or reverse - 77 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

Create Leading Zeros - 174 entries

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

Hatsuyume - 337 entries

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 205 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!

abcd > a b c d - 220 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Sort entries based on date - 278 entries

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

Subtraction - 122 entries

Solve the equations.

Entries sort - 68 entries

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

Readable Rubyhash - 212 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!

Winning streak - 90 entries

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

Number an outline - 178 entries

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

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 111 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!

Enumerate words - 198 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Reformat long lines - 298 entries

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

Table Reshuffle - 298 entries

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

Get rid of html tags - 291 entries

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

Word frequency alignment - 184 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...

Test everything! - 88 entries

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

Change your calendar - 181 entries

Happy New Year!

Top X - 155 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

The holy-grail may help - 273 entries

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

Alphabetize the directory - 240 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

Sudoku table - 47 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

Python to Ruby - 183 entries

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

Assign list - 145 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Deleting folded text - 255 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.

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?

Compile C - 249 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

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

Winding path - 81 entries

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

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.

Refactor arguments into object argument - 150 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Fill visual area - 64 entries

Just have fun!

expand a list comprehension (python) - 235 entries

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

Block Fun 1 - 156 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Refactoring useless Method away - 72 entries

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

Fix the Haiku - 234 entries

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

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 230 entries

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

Create bison tokens - 30 entries

Create tokens for bison out of a known list of words

Separating firstname & lastname - 65 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

Prime Numbers - 223 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

Dehamlizing - 155 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

Shuffle and Sort - 159 entries

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

Land of the Lost - 57 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Piphilology - 89 entries

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

Sort the cardinal numbers - 193 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

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.

Lower cased and dashed strings - 35 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 ;)

Round Round - 198 entries

Round Round

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.

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

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

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

Groups magic - 128 entries

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

Recursively Palindrome - 187 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 190 entries

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

Inconsistent real estate paste - 140 entries

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

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 188 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 61 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

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

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.

Circle in a square - 119 entries

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

O Christmas Tree - 88 entries

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

Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

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

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.

Multiplication table. - 169 entries

Create a multiplication table.

Turn this csv list into queries - 180 entries

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

Comparing scores - 65 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.

Cartesian product - 178 entries

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

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.

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?

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]:

Unwrap the text of an email message - 111 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?

Do you speak Spanish ? - 56 entries

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

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.

Roman numerals - 57 entries

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

Almost encrypted - 161 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

Tiny column alignment - 37 entries

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

Checkerboard case pattern - 105 entries

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

Square numbers - 48 entries

Boring math puzzle.

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)

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

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.

Solve the Sokoban - 144 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

Not enough Ps - 38 entries

Different type of code

Extract text from xml - 95 entries

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

Printable ASCII characters - 95 entries

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

CSV to JSON - 142 entries

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

Calculate the table totals - 105 entries

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

SFD-ROC: Pipe Dreams - 93 entries

Move the pipes so they match the output.

Ninjas Leaderboard - 69 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.

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.

Greek column realign - 38 entries

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

paste indent correction - JS - 75 entries

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

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...

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

Format the output - 95 entries

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

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.)

Convert pasted text into Markdown - 10 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.

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

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

Happy New Year! - 122 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

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?

Remove hard line breaks - 30 entries

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

It's a factor - 73 entries

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

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?

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"!

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

Binary and Increment - 32 entries

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

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

No naked if allowed! - 14 entries

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

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 103 entries

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.)

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.

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.

Transposition - 64 entries

Transpose the original lines in separate columns, one for 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.

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.

Python: Lots of function arguments - 64 entries

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

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...

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!

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

Same class but reverse!

Before there was Farmville... - 89 entries

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

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!

Remove Accent off the Letter - 89 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

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.

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.

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.

Flip the chessboard - 57 entries

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

Harder than "abcd > a b c d" - 56 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.)

Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 14 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

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.

Sierpinski's Triangle - 57 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

50 factorials mod 97 - 22 entries

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

fib.c cleanup - 52 entries

cleanup the file

Recursive Cowsay - 41 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

Dumb to smart - 77 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

Permutations N=4 - 36 entries

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

Coordinates placeholder - 47 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

Simple Maths - 22 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

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.

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.)

Custom McCarthy sequence - 17 entries

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

Enharmonic Equivalents - 48 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

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...

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

Across-Down Flip - 37 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

un-C-escape string - 51 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Extended Customer 2 - 39 entries

Format the chars

Untangle my tail, please! - 33 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?

XML to JSON - 40 entries

Convert this xml file into json.

range(10) digit rotation - 18 entries

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

Under the cupola - 32 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!)

Hail to Alekseï Pajitnov - 18 entries

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

Presidential Sorting - 40 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!

Sort by your own sum - 39 entries

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

Greek Letters - 38 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!

Fibonacci Triangles - 36 entries


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>"

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.

Conway sequence - 14 entries

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

maximun and minimun - 38 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

Acute accents - 18 entries

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

Change The Perspective - 29 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'.

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.)

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