Rubik's Cube Algorithms List

A List Of All The Rubik's Cube Algorithms

Rubik's cube is a widely popular mechanical puzzle that requires a series of movement sequences, or algorithms, in order to be solved. Many of you have likely watched the tutorial videos that teach you how to solve the cube, but don't know or cannot remember those long, boring algorithms.

Therefore, I have created a handy cheat sheet of the algorithms that you can whip out at a moment's notice and use to solve the Rubik's Cube with ease. If you're looking for a guide or tutorial that shows you how to solve the Rubik's Cube, there are plenty articles and videos out there to help you (I've included a couple of great videos at the end of this hub). However, this hub likely won't make much sense or be very useful unless you already know the basics of how to solve a Rubik's Cube.

The Basic Movement Notations!

Understanding the basic move notations are essential to understanding the algorithms. Each notation designates one of the cube layers that should be turned clockwise 90 degrees (or 1/4 of the way around the cube).

Standard notation for the Cube is UP, DOWN, RIGHT, LEFT, FACE, and BACK, or U, D, R, L, F, B for short. These refer to the different layers of the cube. Remember, though, that the notations are all relative and are determined based on the Cube's orientation. FACE, for instance, refers to the layer that faces you when you hold the cube.

When the notation has an apostrophe - for example U' - that means you should move that layer counter-clockwise 90 degrees. See the full list of movement notations below.

Quick List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms 3x3

#1: Getting the "white cross"
F' U L' U'
#2: Placing the corners of the cross
R' D' R D
#3a: Right edge piece placement
U R U' Ri U' F' U F
#3b: Left edge piece placement
U' L' U L U F U' F'
#4: The white cross
F R U R' U' F'
#5: Aligning the third layer center pieces
R U R' U R U U R'
#6: Aligning the third layer corner pieces
U R U' L' U R' U' L
#7: Finishing the cube
R' D' R D
These are the Algorithms that are necessary to solve the Rubik's Cube and the step in the process where they are used. For more detailed information on where and when to use these Algorithms See BELOW!!

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Algorithm #1: Getting The White Cross

The first step in solving the Rubik's cube is to make the white cross. To match those colors up, perform the following sequence:

F' U L' U'

Or: do Front Inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees), Up (clockwise 90 degrees), Left Inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees), and Up Inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees).

Algorithm #2: Placing the Corners

To Place the corner piece from the bottom layer and fill in the cross, use the following Algorithm:

R' D' R D

Algorithm #3: Placing The Middle Layer Edge Pieces

It is necessary to use the following algorithm to place the edge pieces and to complete the second layer. These algorithms are for two separate cases: 1) when you need to move the edge piece to the right and 2) when you need to move the edge piece to the left.

  1. Right Edge-Piece Placement: U R U' R' U' F' U F
  2. Left Edge-Piece Placement: U' L' U L U F U' F'

Algorithm #4: The Second White Cross

To make the white top cross without disturbing the rest of the cube, you should use the following algorithm. This algorithm has to be used three times when only the centre color is white, twice when there is a pattern that looks like an "L," and once when there is a straight horizontal line like "-".The algorithm is:

F R U R' U' F'

Algorithm #5: Aligning the Third Layer Center Pieces

The edges of the third layer have to be aligned successfully with their respective colours. To accomplish this task, use the following algorithm.

R U R' U R U U R'

Algorithm #6: Aligning The Third Layer Corner Pieces

The following algorithm is used to align the corner pieces in the third layer. The order in which the colours are aligned does not matter. The algorithm is:

U R U' L' U R' U' L

Algorithm #7:Placing The Corners and Finishing the Cube

This last algorithm is ironically the simplest! It will help you pcorrectly place the aligned blocks in their correct position, one piece at a time. The algorithm:

R' D' R D

The Cube Is Solved!!

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Thoughts? Questions? Sing Out! 8 comments

gghgg 15 months ago

do you need to do these algorithms over and over because when i do them once it doesnt seem to work

surya 23 months ago

i can understand

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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

I saw a guy who could do a Rubik's cube even with the cube in his back. He must have had those algorythms planted securely in his head.

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KenDeanAgudo 2 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

beautiful, this hub is great. To be honest I don't know how to use that rubs cube it is really hard. lol

BraidedZero 2 years ago

Just one more thing... can these work on any Rubik's cube in any position?

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BraidedZero 3 years ago from Texas

I have actually started (trying) to use that method. The algorithms are all new and I haven't had the time to go over them yet. But it is definitely on my to do list.

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RaksTheBlogger 3 years ago from Greetings From India! Author

Under a minute?That is pretty good!if you want to get even more faster then why why don't you check out the "fridich method".With that method I can solve the cube in 25 seconds!Thanks for reading my article!

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BraidedZero 3 years ago from Texas

Great article! I have had my rubiks cube for about 6 years now and I have finally reached the point that I can solve it in under a minute. I have been using the exact same algorithms the whole time I've had my cube. Very great article for people to learn how to solve a cube. Of course solving a rubiks cube is not easy and is very complicated, but you present it in a very great format. Great article!

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