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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Hyper about quines

Inspired by Hyperprogramming: N+N, N×N, N^N all in one. Thanks to @MartinEnder and @trichoplax for their help in the sandbox. Definitions Hyperquines Define a hyperquine of order n as a quine-...
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Write a Palindrome-Polyglot-Quine

Write a "palipolyquine": a program that is a quine, a polyglot, and a palindrome. Rules: The number of polyglot languages is more preferable than code size. The shortest answer (in bytes) wins, in ...
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Source code GO!

Let's use augmented reality to hunt small creatures hidden in source-code. Write a quine program that outputs its own code source, except for 5 consecutive characters that will be modified and that ...
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Faux Source Code

Output one random character for each character of source code (as illustrated below). The probability of each character is its frequency in the original source code. Thus the output will be fake ...
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A Fragile Quine

A Fragile Quine A fragile quine is a quine that satisfies the property of having each substring made by removing a single character, when evaluated, produces an error. For example. If your program <...
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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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Check if input is permutation of source [duplicate]

Inspired by Input ∩ Source Code. Task Your task is to determine whether the input is a permutation of the source code. Input A string. Input is flexible; it should be able to handle the character ...
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Input ∩ Source Code

Intro The challenge is to create a program/function that prints the intersection of its own source code and a given string input. This is code golf and to be more precise: Let ...
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No Quine Built In? No Problem! [closed]

Are you tired of languages with built in quining techniques? Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to add a built-in quine feature to the language of your choice. Task Given some ...
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I hate Mondays!

You should a program in language X, which will only output its source code (i.e function as a quine) when it is not a monday. On monday it should output some string with a levehnstein distance of 4 ...
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Tell Me about yourself [closed]

Your task is to write a self referential program similar to a quine. The objective is to write a program that will generally print to stdout twice whatever the input is. But when it receives the input ...
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Stack Exchange Vote Counter

Write a program/function that returns the vote count of its own Stack Exchange answer at the time of its execution. Your program/function may access this page (codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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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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Continuously expanding code [duplicate]

Your job is to write a program that rewrites and makes itself longer on each run of the program. Challenge The program will print Hello, World!\n (...
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QWERTY Quine Creation

Challenge Create a quine, that instead of outputting it's source, output's it's source QWERTY-sorted. What is QWERTY sorting? QWERTY sorting is sorting code by the QWERTY keyboard. Anything higher ...
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Write a narcissist program! [duplicate]

A narcissist program is simple. It is related to a quine. If the input is equal to it's source code, it prints a truthy value, if not it prints a falsy one. That is it. Rules: It can't read it's ...
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Double-duty quine: quine!dlroW ,olleH

Write a program that will output its own source code when run, and nothing else. Seems easy, right? The catch is that when the source code is reversed, your program must output "Hello, World!" ...
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Radiation softened quine

It's simple: Make a proper quine where if you remove any character, it's still a quine. The difference between this and a radiation hardened quine is that if your program is ...
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ROT-128 oscillating quine (Mutual Quine)

ROT-128 is a variant of ROT-13, where instead of cycling through the 26 letters, you cycle through the 256 possible bytes. Your task is to create a program that outputs the ROT-128 of its own source. ...
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Transpose quine

In this quine variant, your program must output its source code transposed across the diagonal from the top left to the bottom right. For example: your program on four lines outputs ...
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1-up your average quine

A 1-up quine is a program which is very similar to a quine. The one major difference is that instead of printing itself once, when n copies of the program are concatenated, the result prints the ...
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Write a Metaquine

A metaquine is a program which is not a quine, but whose output, when run as a program in the same language, is a quine. The goal of this challenge is to write a metaquine. This is code-golf, so ...
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Write a Semiquine

Suppose you have 2 languages, A and B. A string s is a semiquine in ...
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Indexable quine

The goal of this challenge is to make a program that outputs the nth letter of its source code where n is given as input to the program. Like most quine challenges, you are not allowed to read your ...
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Write a program to output the nth fibonacci number in quinary

Quinary is like binary, except that 1 is represented by the text of the program, and 0 is represented as the backwards text of the program. The Fibonacci Sequence is the well known sequence F(0) = 0,...
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Generate Programs in Increasing size

In this challenge, you will write a program which outputs a program which is the double the length of the original program. The outputted program should output a new program a program double its ...
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Quinean Regex Tester

This challenge is pretty simple. As input, you take in a regular expression. Then, you output a truthy/falsey of whether or not your source code matches the regular expression. It's that simple! Just ...
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Growing Quine Sequence

You are to write a sequence of 10 programs p1 p2 ... p10 that satisfy the following properties: pK prints ...
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Lipogram “quine”

Task Take a single Unicode character as input. Output a program in the same language that also obeys this specification, but which does not contain the input character. If your program is run with ...
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Quat. Quine + Cat

A Quat is a combination of a quine and the popular esolang cat program. Challenge The challenge is to write a standard cat program. Whatever the user inputs, the program will echo the input to ...
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Make a program that outputs its own MD5 hash [duplicate]

Challenge: make a program that outputs a MD5 hash of its source code. You should not use tricks that would be considered cheating in a quine sense (discussed here). Using built-in functions and ...
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Quine Pride Parade!

These days, I watched on TV a Gay Pride parade; at the time, I was thinking about quines and how they're a bit queer, outputting themselves (out of the closet?) and, well, why not combine both things ...
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Three mutual quines

The task In this challenge, your task is to write three programs that form a kind of mutual quine-like system. Let's call the programs A, ...
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Multiple program Quinecatenate!

Your task is to give three different languages A, B, C, and write two different programs P and Q such that: P is a quine in language A, but not a quine in B nor C; Q is a quine in language B, but ...
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Signal-Interrupting Quines

Quining has a long history - if you haven't heard of it, click the tag and read up a little on it. Your Task Output an infinite series of 1s (with no other ...
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“Hello world” that creates a different “Hello world” program

Create a program, that outputs a hello world string ("Hello world", "Hello, World" etc.), and source code. Output is written to stdout or equivalent. Hello world string is embedded in the source code. ...
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Quine multiple times

Your task is make program that do following: You should take number. (Positive, negative, fraction is possible input) If it is negative, you reverse the quine. and negate that number (Become positive)...
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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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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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N-queen-and-equine quine

There is a variant of the well-known N-queens problem which involves queens and knights and is said to be "considerably more difficult" 1. The problem statement is as follows: You must place an ...
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Write a time machine quine

Write a program that takes as input a string and an integer n, and outputs: The string that was passed to the program n times ...
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Curse you Turing!!! Make a partial halting solver that yells at Turing when he tries to break it

Here goes a quick proof by Alan Turing that there is no program H that can solve the halting problem. If there was, you could make a program ...
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Self-validating quine [closed]

Quines have been around forever. It's a fun challenge: write a program that, when executed, generates its own source code as output. But how do you know it's actually producing its own source code? ...
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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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Radiation Hardened Quine

As you should (hopefully) know, a radiation hardened quine is a quine that you can remove any one character from and still print its original, pre-modified source. The thing is, with most of these you ...
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Mutant pangolin

This is a code-golf challenge whereby you need to devise a program that acts like a quine or a quine that modifies itself to illustrate machine learning. Background There is a basic artificial ...
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Quit Whining; Start Quining

Goal: Write a function or program that, given an integer n, will output a program in the same language that is a quine with a period of ...
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Quine permutation group [duplicate]

Write a program or function which, when run, outputs another program or function which is valid in the same language as the original program, and which itself will output another program or function ...
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Make a slow error quine maker!

As part of his answer to Make an Error Quine!, @Falko proposed the following algorithm: How to create your own solution in 2 minutes? Open a new file in an IDE of your choice. Bang your ...
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Double-slit Quine

Objective: Code two programs where each of the programs outputs both source codes interlaced per character like a zipper, a Double-slit Quine. The output from a Double-slit Quine is starting ...