Universal Naming Convention (UNC)

Definition of Universal Naming Convention (UNC) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is UNC (Universal Naming Convention)?

A convention for naming shared network resources. The syntax for a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path to a network resource is as follows:


where “share_name” is a shared folder, and “path” is the (optional) path to the file within the shared folder.

UNC example

The UNC path \\max\sales\1998\report.doc indicates that the document report.doc is located within the shared folder called sales on the file server called max. The document is in the 1998 subfolder of the sales shared folder.