Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

A path may refer to any of the following:

1. Alternatively referred to as the pathname, the current path or path is the complete location or name of where a computer file, web page, or other object is located. Below are some basic examples of different paths you will encounter while working on a computer.

MS-DOS path

The following example shows an MS-DOS path or file path for system.ini file. When working with an MS-DOS, Windows, or Windows command line path, the drives, directories, and files are all separated by a backslash.

Windows command line path

Linux and Apple path

In Linux, or an Apple shell using the pwd command, your path may look like the following example. When working with this type of path, the drives, directories, and files are all separated by a forward slash.


Network path

A network path is the path to a share. In the example below, "help" is the share on the "hope" computer.


Internet path

The following example shows the path (URL) to this web page on the Internet.

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2. Path is a social networking service founded in 2010 that is exclusive to mobile devices. It allows you to connect your closest friends and family, up to a maximum of 150 connections.

3. In vector graphics, path is another name for a vector; a line with both a starting and an end point.

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