Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) demonstrate attractive characteristics as cold cathode emitters for high aspect ratio, small radius of curvature, high mechanical strength and chemical stability. In this article, Ag-CNTs were prepared by a series of processes including acid-treating, sensitizing, activating and electroless plating. Then Ag-CNTs cathode were sucessfully fabricated by electrophoresis deposition (EPD) method. The morphologies of Ag-CNTs cathode and pristine CNTs cathode were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that the field emission properties of Ag-CNTs cathode were better than pristine CNTs cathode, for presenting lower turn-on field, larger emission current density, more stabilization and longer lifetime. Thus it can be seen that the Ag-CNTs cathode can improve the characteristics of carbon nanotubes field emission display (CNT-FED).