7 Rubik's Cube Algorithms to Solve Common Tricky Situations

Updated on June 22, 2018

A List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms for When You Get Stuck

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.

WARNING

This article does not teach you how to solve a Rubik's cube from start to finish. This is a list of very specific algorithms for specific situations where people commonly get stuck when trying to solve the Rubik's cube. You should already know the basics, and only use these algorithms when you find yourself in the situations presented below.

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

Step
Algorithm
1. Getting the "white cross"
F' U L' U'
2. First layer left corner
D’ L D L’
3a. Right edge piece placement
U R U' R' 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.

Important Tip

If you don't arrive at the solution on the first try, continue doing the algorithm over and over again until you get there.

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. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees).

2. First Layer Left Corner

To get the left corner aligned, use the following algorithm:

D’ L D L’

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!!

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      Kj 10 days ago

      The last step confused me a lot but I was able to solved it later. It needs proper explanation.

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      Steven Daniel Moebes 2 weeks ago

      Thanks for all of your help today I am a good at finishing the Rubik cube!

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      Madhav Kandu 2 weeks ago

      The algorithm is exactly same with the one I usually apply but I'm in search of such a way to solve the cube within 30 seconds in which there are only a few steps...

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      Rip 2 weeks ago

      It didn’t work for me

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      Eliza 3 weeks ago

      i tried to do it but nothing happened. i tried all day but nothing. but it was good of you to do it for us tho! was good but not really efficient. but mainly, i did not get all sides filled.... so yeah. thanks tho!

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      cheese it 3 weeks ago

      I sat here for an hour trying to use these algorithms and let's just say this dude owes me a new tv

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      Rich 3 weeks ago

      Can you add the algorithms by Rubik's, please?

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      sriniket 3 weeks ago

      Rubik's cube is hard

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      eric rubik 3 weeks ago

      I can solve one in 10 seconds

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      Roman Terry 4 weeks ago

      What is perhaps most underestimated is learning the notation, the terms and how to correctly read the various sides. Any misunderstanding of which direction or layer your working on will throw the whole thing off....obviously...awe but is it so obvious?

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      cube maniac 4 weeks ago

      I am not getting the white cross, totally useless

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      Mel 4 weeks ago

      My first time with a Rubik on my hand. How I know what part of the cube is the front and which one is the up. It looks similar. Do I have to use the white center as the Up? if yes, then which color must be the left and which one the right??

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      I’m not telling my name 4 weeks ago

      Doesn’t work on scrambled cubes if you use that algorithm

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      oof 5 weeks ago

      i did the algorithm above the white cross never appeared

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      Unknown 5 weeks ago

      IT IS AMAZING

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      Eric Waddell 5 weeks ago

      It doesent work I spent the whole day

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      Helping Hand 5 weeks ago

      For the last step you have the cube you want to flip in the top right corner, then do the formula until it is fixed. The rest of the cube will look failed, but wait. Rotate the top layer so the next cube to be flipped is on the top right and repeat. Viola!

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      Aaron Lau KS 6 weeks ago

      I can solve a 3x3 in under 30 seconds and I wish I could help ٩( ᐛ )و

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      Joseph living ston 6 weeks ago

      Thank u for your for formula

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      Kiskk 6 weeks ago

      This works good you forgot to add a agorithm

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      Jake 7 weeks ago

      It does not work

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      Unknown 7 weeks ago

      I didn't even understand

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      Leilah J Zaheer 7 weeks ago

      It is nice and interesting doing concentration games on the ipad.

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      Harrison Wells 7 weeks ago

      I've test ran every single Algorithm and attempted to use them all, however it just seems that no matter how much or little effort I put into solving the cube was a failure. So I'm guessing that there are two things that are happening in my current situation. One is being that I just may or may not be able to even comprehend the complexity of these "simple" Algorithms. Two, I could possibly be overthinking these Algorithms which ultimately leads me to my failure of solving the Rubik's cube. So if anyone would like to respond and give me any advice on what I could do feel free to ask me.

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      Xavier patridge Mw 7 weeks ago

      this is far too easy steps to follow, i solved it, thanks for the help

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      Cyler 7 weeks ago

      Solving a Rubin's cube is fun and hard

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      hi 8 weeks ago

      someone help me it wont work for me, i think im doing it wrong

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      LEO 8 weeks ago

      THANKS FOR MAKING ME REALIZE THAT ICAN SOLVE THE RUBIKS CUBE

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      andy g 8 weeks ago

      so where do you start - i have tried this 50 times and do not get the cross - it does not work

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      Random dude 2 months ago

      I found this very helpful but when I got to the last step it didn’t work so I just corner two test the last to corned:p

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      Hermamn 2 months ago

      Dan Brown is the beeeesssssttttt

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      Dave 2 months ago

      for step 5 if the colours are on opposite sides you have to do it once then align 2 colours, make sure one of the wrong sides is on the left of the cube and do the formula again. JUST SAYING

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      gregory 2 months ago

      white cross dosn't work bro

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      Dude 2 months ago

      I agree with yee

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      glex 2 months ago

      it does not work

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      Liam 2 months ago

      THE HECK DO I mean the white cross hasn't yet come and I've tried repeatedly

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      Da wae 2 months ago

      This is only the basic strategy

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      Slick butter 2 months ago

      Tried for three hours straight. Still nothing working

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      Ted 2 months ago

      I actually built a program to solve a cube based on the specifications above. It couldn't get past white cross (it gives up after 100,000 tries).

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      Hi 2 months ago

      Don’t ask it does work you just need to keep trying and have patience

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      Alia 2 months ago

      It helped me solve the Rubik’s cube for the first time

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      Yee 2 months ago

      Not even white cross works

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      vv 2 months ago

      good job little kid

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      Marcus 3 months ago

      i c'ant get a white cross

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      Mook 3 months ago

      So im just a smart kid that loves rubix cubes I am trying to be the best at it and I’m very intelligent

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      Look 3 months ago

      I’m just a smart kid that like to impress girls and my friends not to be cool but to help stop bullying and have fun

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      Hiten 3 months ago

      Excellent way for explaining. It required patience but finally I was able to solve

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      tatertot 3 months ago

      this helps a lot

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      Dark Deastoyer 3 months ago

      The algorithm isn’t working at all it needs more detail I literally just got a Rubik's cub. and am trying to learn the algorithms but I can’t learn them if they don’t work, I know they should work but I can’t figure out why they aren’t working for me, can someone help a brother out.

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      Mrigangshu Sarma 3 months ago

      how to orient the corner piece while solving the first layer

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      rob 3 months ago

      This works very well but there are various preparatory steps before applying the algorithms that are unclear, specially the last step.

      Watch the video for more clarity.

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      3 months ago

      it doesn't mentioned the algorithms place the non-highlighted referenced edge and corner pieces one step counter clockwise with respect to each other. in the last step, make sure to do the last down side rotation before rotating the top side clockwise one quarter turn or one half turn, to get the corner piece in the top right of the front face before starting the right and down rotation algorithm again,multiple times, until the piece focused on is in the right position and orientation. this algorithm sequence is by far the easiest way for a beginner to solve the Rubik's Cube if you know the details I have just stated

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      Steve 3 months ago

      All the comments on here are funny. If you do it the way he shows you it works. I got it and it keeps getting easier.

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      David 3 months ago

      I posit that I will never need any Rubik's cube algorithms.

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      tyler 3 months ago

      this didint work for me at the last stage the algorithm for the real thing is a lot longer

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      GETOUTAYOMIND 3 months ago

      i have known how too for a long time

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      Carrick 3 months ago

      The movement notations image above needs to be corrected. The algorithms listed later are correct. But if you look at the movement notations, you’ll see that the arrows point to the left for both Up and Down, and then to the right for both Front and Back. The movement notations actually display U D’ F B’ not U D F B.

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      Don't ask 3 months ago

      This doesn't work... I tryed it 5 times ....

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      Santo 3 months ago

      I had a hard time at first but now I solve one Really quick

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      heiping guy 3 months ago

      xander, go to rubik's cube official website, its very helpful

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      Ronald OMG 3 months ago

      I have a Rubix

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      Drakhawk002 3 months ago

      I had a 3x3 for almost 3 YEARS!!!!!! and I still dont know how to solve it

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      WOW 4 months ago

      I can't break my rubik's cube

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      Mayur 4 months ago

      I solved it. Firstly it takes time but once u be familiar with the moves it get easy to solve. Have patience. Be strong and solve it.

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      iKarrot- 4 months ago

      Doesn’t work had the cube for 2 yrs never been able to do it

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      Felipe Magallon Jr 4 months ago

      Step 6 and 7 never works....

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      Audrey 4 months ago

      I tried over and over it didn't work at all for me.

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      a 3x3 cuber 4 months ago

      thank u so much it's so helpful i use this everyday

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      Benjamin 4 months ago

      This is not working for me every video I watched was no help

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      xander 4 months ago

      Can anyone help me to solve my rubix cube 3x3

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      popperpor 4 months ago

      im on step 5 and this is my second day :0)

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      Done 4 months ago

      I did it!!!!

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      Starplayer 4 months ago

      I have no white i have yellow black red orange green and blue so white cross algorithmn dosent work for me

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      rubixs master 101 4 months ago

      love rubixs cube

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      peter 4 months ago

      step 7 doesn't work

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      Aric 4 months ago

      Step 6 fails everytime. I have tried it very slow and methodical... a nope. I have tried going in reverse afterwards and cant get back to where i was.

      or step 7...

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      Aric 4 months ago

      Step 6 fails everytime. I have tried it very slow and methodical... a nope. I have tried going in reverse afterwards and cant get back to where i was.

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      Cathrice 5 months ago

      I like to learn about 3x3 rubiks cube I love playing with it

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      Hunter 5 months ago

      You go so fast i didn't even under stand it

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      Oreb 5 months ago

      Wrong sides used in Step 3) Left edge-piece placement...

      It should be U' F' U F U R U' R'

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      Arushi 5 months ago

      Not even the algorithm for the white cross is working for me! Any suggestions?

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      Thymen 5 months ago

      thank you so much for the help i can almost do it and it only took me 2 hours ad now im in to it and i will buy new ones

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      Scorpion 5 months ago

      This helped me so much

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      Wrong 5 months ago

      The pictures are wrong. The picture for D actually shows D' Thats why you get to the last step and it destroys all your work

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      G_Dog 8 5 months ago

      deathstar you need to watch the videos and the same time you are doing it

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      Nick 5 months ago

      It worked but I had all ready known how to solve it this is just a different way how to solve it but I give the guy credit for learning a different way then the way I solve it

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      yes man 5 months ago

      r' d' r d 6x then U then back to r' d' r d that's it yeah

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      5 months ago

      Step five and six are not working for me. Any suggestions?

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      5 months ago

      there isn't enough information and it won't work

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      Deathstar1234 5 months ago

      This so hard I can’t even do it

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      webbrowser 5 months ago

      Peeps, learn f2l and youll be good

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      cara hadgraft 5 months ago

      On number four when you have to get the second cross I never get any of the cases it shows and when I try the algorithm over and over I end up back at the start

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      Teh_Walrus 5 months ago

      You should've shown corner cutting

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      Son of a gun 5 months ago

      What dose Ri mean

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      Anomymus 5 months ago

      This is very, very hard to do and so far I have no luck

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      colby 5 months ago

      the last step is impossible

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      joe 5 months ago

      the 7 stage undid all my progress. i only needed to do the last 3 peices

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      Joe 5 months ago

      I don't get it

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      just chill 5 months ago

      I’m usually a try person but this doesn’t make sense

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      Ricardo 6 months ago

      It doesn’t work i tried 30 Times please help me solve this

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