Stavanger Aftenblad was founded in 1893 by the priest Lars Oftedal, and was for a long period a publication for the Liberal Party. The paper is based in Stavanger and is owned by the Media Norge, a subsidiary of the Schibsted company.
Stavanger Aftenblad has a christian-conservative stance. The paper went from broadsheet format to tabloid format on 16 September 2006. Its editor-in-chief is Lars Helle.
The online version of Stavanger Aftenblad had an English News Service which was aimed at the English speaking foreign community in Norway who were not fluent in the language. It was also aimed at international audience interested in Norway. The English service closed in January 2009 due to the then-ongoing financial crisis.
The circulation of Stavanger Aftenblad was 70,000 copies in 2003. The paper had a circulation of 68,186 copies in 2005. Its circulation was 65,500 copies in 2009.