"Folder" in TouchDesigner always refers to a Windows operating system directory/folder that contain files and other folders.

In contrast, a TouchDesigner "Path" is internal to TouchDesigner. A Path is a location of a node, which may be a component containing other nodes.

Folder and filesystem paths are found in the operators that read files, such as the Movie File In TOP, File In CHOP, File In DAT, Audio File In CHOP.

Files on the internet can be referred to by their URL: