Porous metal fiber media have traits of metal materials and functional materials. Porous metal fiber media are gaining popularity in engineering applications due to their special properties, such as lower density, larger specific surface area, higher mechanical strength and excellent permeability. In this paper, the recent development of fabrication methods and the various properties of porous metal fiber media were reviewed. Porous metal fiber media are divided into structural and functional applications. The mechanical and physical properties of porous metal fiber media, including tensile property and compressive property were analyzed. Porosity and the sintering process play an important role in the mechanical properties of porous metal fiber media.