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14525 active golfers, 130775 entries, 303 challenges

Open VimGolf challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 2813 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.

Vice versa - 1427 entries

Little role switching.

Just the middle - 3875 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

I forgot quotes - 3530 entries


A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 6216 entries


Collect List - 1184 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

Words in parens - 6963 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Angular naming conventions - 125 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!

lipsum lines - 73 entries

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

Basic renumbering - 1915 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Simple text editing with Vim - 7758 entries

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

V to the i - 1830 entries

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

Make HTML List - 386 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

-a-b-c- - 1188 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 4564 entries

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

That hyphen - 1034 entries

"vim vi improved"

attr_aligner - 1923 entries

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

Mirror Symmetry - 358 entries

Add backslashes.

quotes inside quotes - 1997 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 :)

Space out the alphabet - 643 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Extract argument from function - 1270 entries

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

switch variable - 3133 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

camel riding - 469 entries

add a prefix on some camelCase variables

Fix the XML - 483 entries

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

Add to end of each line... kinda - 183 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?

Don't know what this is - 922 entries

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

Manual SQL - 49 entries

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

Search and Replace 0 - 2969 entries

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

Count both ways - 614 entries

Right AND down.

replacing each line of a block selection - 1862 entries

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

Condensed Cases - 491 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.

Letter case trickery - 1036 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.

Where should I put the Newline? - 649 entries

Help me put the newline.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 625 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Vertical Limit - 1464 entries

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

Vim's not included features - 100 entries

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

Line 'em up! - 200 entries

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

Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2079 entries

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

Saving the hashes(#) - 1200 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.

Mute the second method of this script - 325 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

Mess in revision history - 697 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

readability - 238 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

Gray area - 437 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

Switch function arguments - 1368 entries

How to switch two arguments of a function.

Make it more readable - 1411 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

Hole-in-one - 830 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.

SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1035 entries

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

Two become one - 532 entries

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

ASCII box - 243 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

Numbering a List - 1466 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

Restore order to the alphabet - 128 entries

The numbers are OK. The letters are wonky.

Happy TvvO - 267 entries

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

Logging with key - 211 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

Shuffled numbers - 169 entries

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

Shebangs for all - 1322 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.

Sudoku table - 47 entries

Make this simple sudoku table look nice and legible.

Lisp Condense - 316 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

remove dupes from array - 969 entries

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

Let's play some Ivmgolf - 699 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

Assign numbers to fields - 53 entries

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

Change the content of a string - 1076 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

120 Degrees - 278 entries

Rotate that triangle.

Append semicolon after expressions - 699 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

The Cake is a Lie - 971 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

Sort and add attributes - 950 entries

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

Sorting database text output - 147 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?

Ruby 1.9 hashes - 910 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 - 893 entries

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

Exchanging Quotes - 646 entries

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

Shuffle puzzle - 255 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.

remove all lines in first part - 102 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!

VimGolfNight - 378 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

Entries sort - 65 entries

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

Lower cased and dashed strings - 31 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 ;)

Make Fancy Header - 782 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

Vim tetris - 269 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

Flodder-challenge - 748 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

vim1001 - 181 entries

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

swap or reverse - 73 entries

Try to swap or reverse the line as needed.

The name of the game - 480 entries

End up with the name of the game.

Wget failed to download redirections - 133 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.

A Simple One - 723 entries

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

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 186 entries

Just testing.

Python Hello World! Reformatting - 694 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.

Minimalist Limerick - 396 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

Swap assigned value - 410 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

Interleave lines - 97 entries

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

Remove noise from HTTP log - 481 entries

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

Split the words - 288 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.

Ugly spreadsheet copy/paste to CSV - 518 entries

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

lamb had a little Mary - 403 entries

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

Shift down - 144 entries

Number words are back.

increment by column in XML - 118 entries

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

learn vim in short time - 141 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

Going underground.... - 260 entries

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

Prefixes and suffixes - 372 entries

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

Refactor static member invocation - 146 entries

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

The meaning - 452 entries

Numbers are fun!

vim = 22 / 7 - 353 entries

pi square vim

Reverse Simple Deletion - 611 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

Counting in binary - 292 entries

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

HTML to Haml - 596 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

Delete unwanted lines - 291 entries

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

Pairs of numbers - 291 entries

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

Braces or Brackets? - 592 entries

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

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 165 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Suffix sort - 146 entries

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

Assignment Alignment - 567 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

Pretty format for variable declarations - 113 entries

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

Winning streak - 88 entries

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

Remove semicolons after expressions - 367 entries

A follow-up for

imports alignment (python) - 507 entries

Align as one import per line.

Ruby 1.9 compat - 514 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!

Stairs Indenting - 321 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

Reverse and double space - 369 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

A simple change - 283 entries

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

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!

Change name of a variable - 126 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.

you're stuck on jQuery < 1.7 - 296 entries

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

Replacing some words - 362 entries

How fast could it be?

Reverse characters in a line - 454 entries

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

Reformat most common surnames - 454 entries

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

Reformat some Python - 453 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

Subtraction - 122 entries

Solve the equations.

Rail fence transposition cipher - 62 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.

NATO phonetic alphabet - 288 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

Test everything! - 86 entries

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

Reformat a C golf submission - 429 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? - 426 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

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."

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.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 109 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!

Add fold markers to a .c file - 422 entries

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

Fill visual area - 60 entries

Just have fun!

Interweave two blocks of text - 374 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 - 398 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.

Create Leading Zeros - 169 entries

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

Case preserving word replacement - 364 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

Refactoring useless Method away - 72 entries

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

Land of the Lost - 54 entries

Enter the tabs below the lyrics

Increment, increment, increment.... - 369 entries

Vim likes macros

Indentation - 365 entries

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

Insert a Markdown link - 361 entries

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

Reverse and count - 359 entries

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

Sort the VimGolf challenges by popularity - 197 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!

Separating firstname & lastname - 60 entries

Seperate named with equal tabs.

abcd > a b c d - 215 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

Winding path - 80 entries

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

Context Insensitive completion 1 - 352 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

Number an outline - 174 entries

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

Tiny column alignment - 36 entries

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

Generate English Alphabets - 339 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

Readable Rubyhash - 206 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!

Rotating Philosophers Problem - 334 entries

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

Sort entries based on date - 277 entries

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

Hatsuyume - 333 entries

Enumerate words - 190 entries

Enumerate the unique words in order.

Top X - 154 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

Word frequency alignment - 183 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 - 181 entries

Happy New Year!

Reformat long lines - 297 entries

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

Table Reshuffle - 296 entries

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

Assign list - 143 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Forgot to follow the naming convention... - 10 entries

Rename everything like MY_VAR_SOMETHING to MyVarSomething.

Get rid of html tags - 288 entries

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

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?

Alphabetize the directory - 239 entries

Put the contacts and their information in alphabetical order.

The holy-grail may help - 269 entries

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

Refactor arguments into object argument - 149 entries

A relatively common Javascript refactoring.

Cleanining up 80 column concatenated text - 181 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

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.

Piphilology - 87 entries

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

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 - 152 entries

Manipulate the columns to produce desired result.

Replace Parameter with Explicit Methods - 53 entries

Implementing the methods of a Java Interface

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

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

Not enough Ps - 34 entries

Different type of code

Comparing scores - 61 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.

Compile C - 237 entries

You might have to get clever to do this one.

expand a list comprehension (python) - 233 entries

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

Fix the Haiku - 231 entries

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

Dehamlizing - 153 entries

Change this piece of HAML code back into erb

Roman numerals - 56 entries

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

Do you speak Spanish ? - 52 entries

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

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 227 entries

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

Remove hard line breaks - 28 entries

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

O Christmas Tree - 85 entries

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

Shuffle and Sort - 151 entries

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

Java Array2List - 207 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

C to VimDict - 38 entries

Convert a C data structure to a Vimscript dictionary.

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

Square numbers - 40 entries

Boring math puzzle.

Groups magic - 126 entries

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

REDRUM - 124 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.

Prime Numbers - 207 entries

List the first 100 prime numbers.

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.

Greek column realign - 35 entries

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

Sort the cardinal numbers - 193 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

constructor - 161 entries

coding a constructor for a simple class

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

Convert this tiny php class to adequate java one.

Circle in a square - 116 entries

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

Inconsistent real estate paste - 138 entries

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

Round Round - 197 entries

Round Round

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.

Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 194 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

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.

Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 188 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

Recursively Palindrome - 181 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

It'ss tooo coold too typpe todaay - 187 entries

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

Convert pandoc unordered list to a numbered list - 127 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?

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.

HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 57 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.

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]:

Multiplication table. - 168 entries

Create a multiplication table.

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"!

Unwrap the text of an email message - 110 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?

Turn this csv list into queries - 179 entries

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

Complete the hex array data - 166 entries

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

SFD-ROC: Tic-Tac-Toe - 115 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.

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.

Cartesian product - 173 entries

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

Checkerboard case pattern - 104 entries

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

Binary and Increment - 31 entries

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

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!

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)

Almost encrypted - 159 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

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.

Extract text from xml - 95 entries

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

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 - 87 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.

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.

Solve the Sokoban - 139 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

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.

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.

Custom McCarthy sequence - 16 entries

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

Format the output - 91 entries

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

Config Sections - 25 entries

Section me!

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.)

Execute immediate SQL - 72 entries

Sql string tranformation ...

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.

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...

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 62 entries

Look everywhere

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 57 entries

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

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?

Simple Maths - 21 entries

Not much to say, discover by yourself!

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.

50 factorials mod 97 - 16 entries

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

Linear congruential generator - 102 entries

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!

Transposition - 60 entries

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

Create an alphabet diamond - 67 entries

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

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.

Chucking wood - 60 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 ;)

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

Same class but reverse!

Flip the chessboard - 56 entries

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

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!

Before there was Farmville... - 89 entries

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

Remove Accent off the Letter - 89 entries

Remove all the accent from extremely accented statements.

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.

Sierpinski's Triangle - 57 entries

Build the famous fractal, Sierpinski's Triangle.

fib.c cleanup - 51 entries

cleanup the file

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.

Coordinates placeholder - 46 entries

Place coordinates instead of target search.

Permutations N=4 - 32 entries

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

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.

Dumb to smart - 76 entries

Turn dumb quote to smart vim's way.

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.)

Here, piggy, piggy... - 75 entries

Youay owknay atwhay otay oday...

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.)

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!)

range(10) digit rotation - 12 entries

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

Extended Customer 2 - 38 entries

Format the chars

Sort by sum of numbers in a line(?) - 41 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...

Acute accents - 15 entries

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

un-C-escape string - 50 entries

Convert escape sequences to characters

Conway sequence - 9 entries

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

Return the cow - 66 entries

This cow is too verbose. Give it a lesson.

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!

Enharmonic Equivalents - 42 entries

Transform # and b to digraphs

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


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.

Across-Down Flip - 31 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

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>"

maximun and minimun - 38 entries

Find the maximum and minimum of the rows.

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.

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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