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Rubik's Cube Algorithms List

Updated on March 06, 2017

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.

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, follow these steps:

  1. front inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. left inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. and up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees).

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

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'

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'

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'

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

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!!

The Second Part of Solving the Cube!

Don't Know How to Solve the Cube? Here's a Good Video!

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      Prashant 10 days ago

      Hey, how can we calculate the degree of a algorithm for a rubix cube?

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      The sad guy 10 days ago

      It did not work

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      Eowyn 11 days ago

      What If you solved both the top and the bottom of the cube

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      Aakash 11 days ago

      It works but I want easiest way to solve it. Would you please help me...

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      Craycray207 2 weeks ago

      Hew umm I just want to say I'm sorry for my last message. For some reason I would never be able to solve it, but then after a week it solved. The sight works and I'm happy that it does. Thank you

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      Peyton 2 weeks ago

      hey it works for me

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      Awesome kid 2 weeks ago

      What is the algorithm for any state

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      Retarded 3 weeks ago

      Doesn't work

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      Hia 3 weeks ago

      No work

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      worstwebsite 4 weeks ago

      i have no idea what any of this means, and i dont really care, back to my cube solver app

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      michael torres 4 weeks ago

      doesn't work

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      Stupid 5 weeks ago

      Stupid website. Doesnt ever work for me :(

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      Dweeb McDweeberson 5 weeks ago

      I'm only a beginner....

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      Craycray207 6 weeks ago

      It's a great site. It's just that some of the algorithms don't work for me. I would try for thirty minutes trying to solve it but it doesn't work. The part that's puts the corners in the right position not flipped though doesn't work.

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      CC 6 weeks ago

      The part 2 video, near the ending you said "now just do the normal way." What algorithm were you talking about?

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      felix 7 weeks ago

      hey guys, this site is good it does really explain how to do the beginners method the right way and if it doesn't work for you then you might be doing the algorithm wrong or your doing it right but in the wrong spot so maybe try to use it in a different way till you get the hang of it. (4.5/5 Stars)

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      AlekBg 2 months ago

      For me it doesnt work


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      Ryan renze 2 months ago

      Does not work

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      flipen do it several times dood 2 months ago

      flipen do it several times dood


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      Dat bio 3 months ago

      Left edge pice placement doesn't work

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      Danielplayz 3 months ago

      Ez i solve it in 6 second. i have a faster algorithm

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      bobby trump 3 months ago

      it isn't a very good method

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      Sam 3 months ago

      Sorry, maybe I am missing something... but isn't the last step algorithm written wrong? or else maybe the top description of the move is backwards to my thinking. R' D' R D Seems to me that the D' is backwards to the illustration of the moves at the top. I had to watch the video clearly to learn I had been doing it backwards....

      BTW.. now that I can do the last algorithm correctly I LOVE IT!! it is way easier than have of the other algorithms I have seen for placing and aligning the last corners!

      Thank you!

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      Sacia Ashe 4 months ago

      These are the only algorithms I've found THAT WORK, THANK YOU!!

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      Guy Person 12 months ago

      For years I have tried to do my Rubiks cube But I've Gotten To the Point Where I Would Change the stickers finally they stopped sticking so I bought one with tiles to challenge myself but I still couldn't do it finally a friend showed me the trick but I still didn't get it. This website saved me. Now I can solve the Rubiks cube : )

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      gghgg 21 months ago

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

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      surya 2 years ago

      i can understand

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 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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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 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

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      BraidedZero 3 years ago

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

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      James Robertson 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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      Rakshith MG 3 years ago from Greetings From India!

      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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      James Robertson 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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