Established in 1801 as the Dundee Courier & Argus, the entire front page of The Courier used to contain classified advertisements – a traditional newspaper format for many years. The Courier was unusual in maintaining this format until 1992, when it adopted a conventional headline-news format. The next major change to the newspaper came on 21 January 2012, when it changed to a tabloid format, having previously existed as a broadsheet. Editor Richard Neville said the move represented the "dawn of a new era" and that the company was "investing in new sections, increasing content across the title and investing significantly in resources". Just over a year later, a digital version of the newspaper was launched.
Historical copies of the Dundee Courier, dating back to 1844, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive.