A List of Every Rubik's Cube Algorithm You Will Ever Need

Updated on December 31, 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

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
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!

Thoughts? Questions? Sing Out!

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      Hi 2 weeks ago

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

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      Alia 2 weeks ago

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

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      Yee 2 weeks ago

      Not even white cross works

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      vv 2 weeks ago

      good job little kid

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      Marcus 3 weeks ago

      i c'ant get a white cross

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      Mook 3 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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      tatertot 4 weeks ago

      this helps a lot

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      Dark Deastoyer 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

      how to orient the corner piece while solving the first layer

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      rob 4 weeks 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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      5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 6 weeks ago

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

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      tyler 6 weeks 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 6 weeks ago

      i have known how too for a long time

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      Carrick 6 weeks 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 6 weeks ago

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

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      Santo 6 weeks ago

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

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      heiping guy 6 weeks ago

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

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      Ronald OMG 7 weeks ago

      I have a Rubix

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      Drakhawk002 7 weeks ago

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

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      WOW 7 weeks ago

      I can't break my rubik's cube

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      Mayur 7 weeks 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- 7 weeks ago

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

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      Felipe Magallon Jr 8 weeks ago

      Step 6 and 7 never works....

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      Audrey 8 weeks ago

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

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      a 3x3 cuber 2 months ago

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

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      Benjamin 2 months ago

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

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      xander 2 months ago

      Can anyone help me to solve my rubix cube 3x3

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      popperpor 2 months ago

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

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      Done 2 months ago

      I did it!!!!

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      Starplayer 2 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 2 months ago

      love rubixs cube

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      peter 2 months ago

      step 7 doesn't work

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      Aric 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Hunter 2 months ago

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

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      Oreb 2 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 3 months ago

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

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      Thymen 3 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 3 months ago

      This helped me so much

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      Wrong 3 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 3 months ago

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

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      Nick 3 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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      3 months ago

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

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      3 months ago

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

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      Deathstar1234 3 months ago

      This so hard I can’t even do it

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      webbrowser 3 months ago

      Peeps, learn f2l and youll be good

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      cara hadgraft 3 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 3 months ago

      You should've shown corner cutting

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      Son of a gun 3 months ago

      What dose Ri mean

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      Anomymus 3 months ago

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

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      colby 3 months ago

      the last step is impossible

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      joe 3 months ago

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

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      Joe 3 months ago

      I don't get it

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      just chill 3 months ago

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

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      Ricardo 3 months ago

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

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      Bill 3 months ago

      So hard can't do

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      alfawarrior121 3 months ago

      My cube ended up with 3 center peices in the last Row, And the algiruthns don't fix it, what do I do?

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      Cheese 3 months ago

      I have done the first step over 21 times and it doesn't work but it gets half of the cross and that's the most you'll get

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      Meet sharma 4 months ago

      It worked for me thank you

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      norman 4 months ago

      i cant do it

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      Olivia 4 months ago

      I don't get it

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      Tommy 4 months ago

      The first step won't work for me

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      a concerned new cuber 4 months ago

      i see a probem here:many people are not able to pass the first step because you dont say that you have to do it 21 times

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      NightMagic6 6 months ago

      I've followed algorithms similar to these and have ended up with the first and second layers completely solved, top solved and all but two cornered which need to be swapped with each other solved on the top layer.

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      Smarter than you 6 months ago

      It does work. For those that couldn't get it to work, keep going for you have much to learn.

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      Zacharykc27@42yahoo.com 6 months ago

      Reapeat about 21 times until white cross appears.

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      Chris Heiny 6 months ago

      I just want to let people know that this guide DOES work. All rubix algorithms are hard to follow at first. But take your time and understand all the steps. Only thing that need to be put in is for Step 7. You do this algorithm for the top right cube, and do it until that cube is in the correct orientation. After that you rotate ONLY the top of the cube to another corner that isn't oriented right. Once you do the last one the cube will be solved. If not you messed up somewhere, try again. Patience everyone and good luck l!

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      theone 6 months ago

      what does Ri stand for?

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      Ryan 7 months ago

      Can you post speed solving methods?

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      poo head 7 months ago

      so hard can't do it

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      jade 8 months ago

      what about advanced patterns

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      Fzzz 8 months ago

      Didn't work for me

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      Freddie Lenz 8 months ago

      I can't get past the first step plz help

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      Muff 9 months ago

      Hi, I believe that the arrow for the "D movement" points in the wrong direction and perhaps, some people are failing to finish step 7 because of it.

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      Kelly 9 months ago

      It works!!!

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      jeff 9 months ago

      it does not work at all

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      DHAN 9 months ago

      Great! It works, I started learning this cube layer wise and I can but this are the algorithms by which we can match without layer wise and some of my algorithms are here too, so guys it is working if u know how to do :-)

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      A Rubin's cube solver begginer 9 months ago

      I can't get past the first step because I don't know how many times to repeat it before the white cross appears. If you could answe this question that would be great.

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      9 months ago

      i learned how to do 3x3 2x2 and the pyraminx! i will keep learning how to do different types next will probably be mirror cube or 4x4

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      Turtle lover 9 months ago

      I keep getting missing 1 piece of the cross on step 4 so what am I doing wrong? PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

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      Bobby turtle 9 months ago

      Um my cube on stage 4 had one piece missing from the cross so what should I do now? I have search everywhere but everyone else gets 2 or 3. Please help me if you have the answer.

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      Lol 9 months ago

      It didn't work for me it just wrecked the White.

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      Emoji Girl 9 months ago

      I have an odd feeling about this. I would like someone to help me. The first step is the white cross. I tried it a LOT. And I never got ONE white cross. Is it supposed to be like that and I continue?

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      Pierre 9 months ago

      In the first picture showing the directions. The Down is backwards. If you watch his videos, you will see "Down inverted" is the only spin that is clockwise. He flicks it so the front face moves to the left.

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      Alex 10 months ago

      https://eu.rubiks.com/blog/how-to-solve-the-rubiks...

      Easy for everyone, pictures and everything yw

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      Kitty 10 months ago

      Well I am going to try again but so far it hasn't worked so yeah

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      ll 10 months ago

      everything seems good up to Step 7...What is it???? It messed all my pieces up!

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      Crazy dude 10 months ago

      It's talking fore ever

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      RandomDerp 11 months ago

      Why did they say second white when it is yellow?

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      Travis 11 months ago

      Doesn't work

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      Carl 11 months ago

      Please make an easy one for me. Im a beginner! Also i can only make the 1st and 2nd layer of the rubix and i always make the white first then make the 2nd layer. i dont get this part!

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      kyler 11 months ago

      somethings have to face a certain way for it to work.

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      lala 11 months ago

      hey for you guys that are seeing this, it really works and the ones that want an algorithms for any state there's no such thing as that. you need a lot of algorithms to solve the rubik's cube faster not just one. and it does take time so be patient.

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      Junaid 11 months ago

      It's not work

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      cool beans 11 months ago

      COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(

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