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Questions tagged [quine]

A quine is a program which produces its source as output. This tag indicates that the challenge is related to quines.

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Invert your code

Challenge Return the full contents of your program, but inverted. How do your invert something? Well, Letters: Take the position of the letter in the alphabet, subtract from 26, and use the letter ...
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Golf you a quine for great good!

Using your language of choice, golf a quine. A quine is a non-empty computer program which takes no input and produces a copy of its own source code as its only output. No cheating -- that means ...
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The Great Pyramid of Quine

The task is a rather simple quine challenge with a twist, you must output your source code in the shape of a pyramid. The shape of a pyramid is defined below: ...
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Mirror quine (or my head hurts)

I was reading Print your code backwards - reverse quine And I thought, this could be more interesting if your backwards code is also executable. So this challenge will have all the rules and ...
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Incremental Quine

​Your task is to write a program or function that outputs the first character of its source code, then the second, then the third... each time it is run. For example, if your program was ...
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A Multipurpose Quine

I personally love quines, but they all seem to be so... static. So why not create a quine that can do more. Challenge The challenge here is to create a quine that without any sort of input is a ...
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Meta-bowling Golf

Your task is to create the shortest program (A) that outputs another program (B) with the most unique bytes, which in turn outputs the original program (A). Essentially, you are golfing one half of a ...
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How many times will you have to golf a quine?

For this challenge, you must create a programme which takes an integer x and outputs its source x many times. Rules This is ...
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Write the longest period iterating quine bounded by 500 bytes

Your job is to create the longest period iterating quine, where the length of each program in the sequence is bounded by 500 bytes. That is, if you repeat the following steps: Start with your ...
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Program that creates larger versions of itself (quine-variant)

You are to write a program that will output source code that is Larger than the original program (character wise) Will print another program larger than itself when run (i.e. the new program is also ...
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The longest period iterating quine

As we know, a quine is a program that outputs its own source code. However, it's also possible to write a program that outputs another, different program, that outputs the first program again. For ...
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Cyclic Weak Levenquine

This question asking us to make a "Cyclic Levenquine" has gone unanswered. So today we will ask a slightly simpler version. In this challenge we will define a K-Levenquine to be a program whose ...
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Make an error quine!

Your challenge: write a "program", for a language of your choice, that causes the compiler/interpreter/runtime to produce error output when compiling/running your program which is identical to your ...
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Make a Radiation Hardened Quine

Last night I was looking for the Radiation Hardened Quine challenge, but I couldn't find it. Turns out no one has asked it yet! So here it is: Your task is to make a quine, that is a non-empty ...
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Radiation is Painful

A radiation-hardened quine can take a hit and stay standing, but nobody ever said that the quine can't be a wuss about it. For this challenge, you should write a quine that: If no characters are ...
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Write a Quine in Plain English

Write a quine that consists of real English words separated by single spaces. A "word" is defined as a string containing only lowercase and uppercase letters (...
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Heart-shaped quine [closed]

As you may or may not know, Valentine's day is getting close. So today, my task for you is: Write a heart-shaped quine Rules: Code should look like an identifyable heart shape, i.e. Has two round ...
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Quine outputs itself in binary

Your task, if you wish to accept it, is to write a program that outputs its own source code in the binary UTF-8 representation. Rules The source must be at least 1 byte long. Your program must not ...
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Radiation hardened cyclic quine polyglot

Challenge Write two programs that: run in two different programming languages. These may not be two versions of one language. when one program is run, it outputs the second program, and vice versa....
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Fastest Mini-Flak Quine

Mini-Flak is a subset of the Brain-Flak language, where the <>, <...> and [] ...
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Write a Quine Suite

We've had a lot of quine challenges, but a lot of the quine formats are similar, lets create some variance in our quines. Your task is to create a selection of programs in the same language (at least ...
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A Radiation Hardened Palindromic Quine

There are radiation hardened quines, palindromic quines, but has anyone tried both?! I think not! Rules So the challenge here is to make a quine that if any symbol is deleted it prints its original ...
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Compress your code in an image

This is a quine variation. Introduction We all write short code, because some obscure reasons, but whatever we do, the'll take up at least 144 pixels/byte (with a 12px font). But what would happen, ...
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Mutually Exclusive Quines

Your challenge is simple. Write two programs that share no characters which output each other. Example Two programs P and Q are mutually exclusive quines if: P outputs Q Q outputs P There is no ...
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Create a Muriel-like language and implementation

Muriel is a language where the only way to loop is to create a quine and execute it. Your job is to create your own language with this property and an implementation of it in a pre-existing language. ...
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Self-growing code codee codeee codeeee

Write a program (or function) (let's call it P1), that when run, outputs another program P2 of the same language and exactly 1 byte longer than P1. Program P2 when run, should output a 3rd program P3 ...
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Pumping quine radix

Inspired (you don't need to know them for this challenge) by the Pumping Lemma for various languages, I propose the following challenge: choose some basis \$B \geq 2\$ and an integer \$n \geq 0\$ ...
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Special quines and code golf, hooray!

Make a quine. Simple enough, except it has to be a palindrome and accept input. Now, any side of a palindromic quine is one half of it. For example, one side of the hypothetical quine AAAA is AA. One ...
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Print a Negative of your Code

Consider a square of printable ASCII characters (code points 0x20 to 0x7E) for side length N, like the following (here, N = 6): ...
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The Random Quine

Write a program that is capable of randomly generating itself. It must do this based on the tokens used in its source code. If your program's source code is composed of 50 unique tokens and is 60 ...
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Create a kind of quine, such that the program prints one character of itself, then two, then three and so on

Create quine variant such that the program prints its first character, then the first two, then three and so on until the whole program is printed. Example Suppose your code is ...
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Multiplication by Self-Modification

...at least for some definition of "self-modification". The Task In this challenge, your task is to write three strings A, B ...
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Make the largest infinity that you can!

The ordinal number system is a system with infinite numbers. A lot of infinite numbers. So many infinite numbers that it literally does not have an infinity to represent its own infiniteness. The ...
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Print your code backwards - reverse quine

Write a program that prints its own source code out backwards, in other words an eniuq. Scoring: +50 if you use pull data from the Internet. +25 if you read your own source code. +1 point per ...
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A “cheating” quine

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. So here goes. In the Wikipedia page for quine, it says that "a quine is considered to be 'cheating' if it looks at its own source code." Your task is to make one ...
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2 Cats in a Quine

Challenge Make two programs, A and B, which are both cat programs in the same language. When concatenated, AB (also in the same language) should be a quine. For example, suppose ...
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Write the shortest self-identifying program (a quine variant)

Write a program that will generate a "true" output iff the input matches the source code of the program, and which generates a "false" output iff the input does not match the source code of the ...
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Print out the first N characters of your code

You should write a program or function that receives a positive integer N as input and prints out the first N characters of your ...
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Is it a substring of itself?

Given a string, return whether the string is a substring of the program's source code. Standard quine rules apply, meaning you cannot read your own source code. The length of the input is guaranteed ...
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Quine / Reverse Quine

Write a complete program that takes a boolean or non-negative integer input. It must: Output its own source code if the input value is falsy Output its own source code in reverse if the input value ...
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Code point sum quine

All the quine challenges on this site are focused on byte count, or the characters themselves. This one is different. Your challenge is to write a program that produces output which has a code point ...
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Q​u​i​n​e R​e​l​a​y​!

Quine Relay! A quine relay of order \$n\$ is a series of programs \$P_1\dots P_n\$ in distinct languages such that each program \$P_i\$ outputs \$P_{i+1}\$ and \$P_n\$ outputs \$P_1\$. For example, ...
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Cyclic Levenquine

Background As most PPCG regulars will know, a quine is a program which outputs its own source code when run; and the Levenshtein distance between two strings is the minimum number of insertions, ...
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Quine of orders

Write a program that, when run in different languages, outputs a different byte permutation of the code in each language. The exact source code is counted as one permutation. Here "different language"...
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A Quine on Every Line

Your goal is to create a program that prints itself indefinitely, with a new line after each one. Thus, if your program is a one-liner, it would be repeated on every line of the output. Example ...
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Golf an Anagram Quine

In this question I asked you to guess an anagram quine based on its output. However it looks like we don't have a question asking to golf an anagram quine yet. So your task will be to make the ...
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Travel Back in Quine

The challenge here is simple, and not at all about byte-count. Your job is to output the first 50 characters of the previous quine's source code, concatenated with the first 50 characters of yours ...
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Rolling Quine Dice

Create a program that outputs itself. However, if the source code is repeated n times (meaning to concatenate a copy of the source code to the end n-1 times), then there should be 1/n probability ...
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Help us escape the quine factory! Put messages into quines [duplicate]

I've been enslaved in a quine factory. The other workers and I can't communicate with the outside world, we can only slave away making quines all day. The masters will reject any work that isn't a ...
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Entropic Quine!

Your task is to write a program or function which: When run for the first time, outputs its source code. On subsequent executions, it should output what it output previously, but with one random ...