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

Updated on June 16, 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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      Ryan 5 weeks ago

      Can you post speed solving methods?

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      poo head 7 weeks ago

      so hard can't do it

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      jade 2 months ago

      what about advanced patterns

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      Fzzz 2 months ago

      Didn't work for me

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      Freddie Lenz 2 months ago

      I can't get past the first step plz help

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      Muff 3 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 3 months ago

      It works!!!

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      jeff 3 months ago

      it does not work at all

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      DHAN 3 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 3 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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      3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

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

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      Emoji Girl 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

      Easy for everyone, pictures and everything yw

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      Kitty 4 months ago

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

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      ll 4 months ago

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

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      Crazy dude 4 months ago

      It's talking fore ever

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      RandomDerp 4 months ago

      Why did they say second white when it is yellow?

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      Travis 4 months ago

      Doesn't work

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      Carl 5 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 5 months ago

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

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      lala 5 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 5 months ago

      It's not work

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      cool beans 5 months ago

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

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      Coco 5 months ago

      Well...... It worked!!!!!!!

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      Joe 5 months ago

      Honestly, this is the easiest method. I had bought my son the Rubik's Cube a couple of years ago. Been sitting on the self, unsolved. I grabbed it and watched these videos on Youtube. I realized that theses algorithms are also identical to the ones bought with the Rubik's Cube. Go read the instructions on how to solve it. Plain and simple. Don't get me wrong. I failed like 20 times trying to solve it. I now solve it in less that 6 minutes without looking at the equation. My son takes 10 minutes. I found this page because I was looking for a different algorithm. I was bored with this one. I heard about an unvisal one. that no matter how the cube looked. It could be solved in 26 moves. A quick tip, I memorized it with words. Like the the first one is Fu Lu and the second letter is inverted (reversed).

      I suggest to always start with the same color. so you get used to what you are doing. I always solve White first. Like the video.

      The last 3 steps is where my son and I usually made mistakes on. I am assuming you did too.

      On step 5. Make sure the correct color is on the right side of you. Usually the back and right side should have a match and then begin solving to match the cross with the corresponding colors.

      Step 6, usually there will be one corner that matches. Make sure it facing you on the top right corner then solve for all corners.

      Step 7. Confused the F out of me. But its so easy and wierd. It looks like you are messing up all the colors but just stay strong. ONLY TURN THE TOP OF THE CUBE and do Step 2 move. And Repeat the move.

      Its actually really simple. Good luck. And when you actually solve it. Never tell someone how it's done. Unless you get a relationship or a job out of it.

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      MastercuberJake 5 months ago

      This is so easy I will teach you how to do it my way you doofus in the comments think it's too hard!

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      Krithik 5 months ago

      It didn't work for me

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      VINAY PATEL 6 months ago

      What is the algorithms of mirror magic cube of 3 third layer I'm getting very much problem.

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      Sophia 6 months ago

      I failed

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      cool man 6 months ago

      doesn't work :(

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      kk 7 months ago

      hi how do i do it with the green side done

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      Prashant 7 months ago

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

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      The sad guy 7 months ago

      It did not work

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      Eowyn 7 months ago

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

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      Aakash 7 months ago

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

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      Craycray207 7 months 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 7 months ago

      hey it works for me

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      Awesome kid 7 months ago

      What is the algorithm for any state

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      Retarded 7 months ago

      Doesn't work

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      Hia 7 months ago

      No work

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      worstwebsite 7 months 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 7 months ago

      doesn't work

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      Stupid 8 months ago

      Stupid website. Doesnt ever work for me :(

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      Dweeb McDweeberson 8 months ago

      I'm only a beginner....

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      Craycray207 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

      For me it doesnt work


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      Ryan renze 9 months ago

      Does not work

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      flipen do it several times dood 9 months ago

      flipen do it several times dood


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      Dat bio 9 months ago

      Left edge pice placement doesn't work

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      Danielplayz 10 months ago

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

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      bobby trump 10 months ago

      it isn't a very good method

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      Sam 10 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 11 months ago

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

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      Guy Person 19 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 2 years 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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!