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 counterclockwise 90 degrees. See the full list of movement notations below.
Quick List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms 3x3
Step
 Algorithm


#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

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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 (counterclockwise 90 degrees), Up (clockwise 90 degrees), Left Inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees), and Up Inverse (counterclockwise 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.
 Right EdgePiece Placement: U R U' R' U' F' U F
 Left EdgePiece 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
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Thoughts? Questions? Sing Out! 8 comments
do you need to do these algorithms over and over because when i do them once it doesnt seem to work
i can understand
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.
beautiful, this hub is great. To be honest I don't know how to use that rubs cube it is really hard. lol
Just one more thing... can these work on any Rubik's cube in any position?
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.
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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